From left, Zhixuan (Joyner) Chen of China and Lucia Casquete Fernandez of Spain help themselves to some of the international foods served at a recent etiquette dinner for local exchange students sponsored by Yvette Shackelford, right, of the ASSE student exchange program.
vette Shackelford, area representative for the ASSE International Exchange Student Program has been placing foreign students in Texas homes since 2012. She started placing students at the Central Texas Christian School when she was the director of admissions. “At first I did this as a way to bring diversity and culture into the
school, and also to enrich the lives of the students that we would be hosting through the many wonderful opportunities at CTCS,” Shackelford said. When she left the Central Texas Christian School she became the area representative for ASSE and continues to place students at the school and other Central Texas schools within a 120-mile radius of Belton.
“My life was greatly enriched through the lives of these students, more so than I expected,” she said. “It is such a joy to see the host families invite a complete stranger into their home and build a lifelong friendship.” To help students acclimate to American culture, Shackelford hosts an etiquette dinner at the home of one of the host families. Continued