Exchange students arrive in Tomball from Telgte, Germany, as sister city partnership continues

The Tomball Sister City Organization is hosting three students from Telgte, Germany, for the upcoming 2018-19 school year. Students will attend Tomball ISD campuses. The three exchange students are pictured with previous exchange students and Telgte exchange program coordinator, Gerda Riddermann (center) in Germany this summer: Talea (left), Insa (third from left) and Finja (second from right).

The Tomball Sister City Organization is hosting three students from Telgte, Germany, for the upcoming 2018-19 school year. Students will attend Tomball ISD campuses. The three exchange students are pictured with previous exchange students and Telgte exchange program coordinator, Gerda Riddermann (center) in Germany this summer: Talea (left), Insa (third from left) and Finja (second from right).

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Three students from Telgte, Germany, arrived in Tomball in early August to begin their exchange year attending Tomball ISD high schools. Telgte is located east of Munster in Germany.

The cities of Tomball and Telgte, Germany, established a sister city partnership in 2000 as a way to develop understanding between nations, said Kit Pfeiffer previously, member of the Tomball Sister City Organization. Pfeiffer leads the exchange student program as part of the cities' partnership.

Three students spent the 2017-18 school year with Tomball families, attending TISD campuses. After the group returned home to Germany this summer, another group of three students traveled from Telgte to Tomball for the upcoming 2018-19 school year, Pfeiffer said.

In addition to coordinating student exchange programs between the two cities, the Tomball Sister City Organization also hosts the German Heritage Festival each spring and the German Christmas Market in December.
By Anna Lotz

Editor, Tomball/Magnolia & Conroe/Montgomery

Anna joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. In July 2017, she transitioned to editor for the Tomball/Magnolia edition. She began covering the communities of Conroe and Montgomery as well in 2020. Anna covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Anna served as editor-in-chief of Cedars, interned with the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C., and spent time writing for the Springfield News-Sun and Xenia Daily Gazette.



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