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The magic of friendship

Illusionist's show aids exchange program

Operation Friendship promotes international learning and relationships between high school-aged students around the world. Last year, 11 students from the Tantasqua region hosted students from Bavaria, Germany. Courtesy photo. (click for larger version)
March 17, 2010
STURBRIDGE — On Friday, March 26, the students of Operation Friendship will blow your mind — or so they hope.

The group of nearly a dozen students is just one chapter in a global network of student groups, through which high school-aged kids have the opportunity to visit various European nations during the summer in exchange for hosting visiting students in alternate years.

This past summer, 11 students, who all happen to be from the Tantasqua Regional School District although the program is not affiliated with the school, hosted a group of students from Bavaria, Germany.

This coming summer, the students who played host last year will have the chance to go to their choice of Germany, Ireland, Sweden, Wales or Holland.

In order to do so however, the students of Operation Friendship have to raise the funds to see their plans come to fruition.

On the heels of a banquet dinner at the Publick House and December bus trip to New York City, Operation Friendship will host a magic show at Burgess Elementary School performed by Jonathan Jacques at 7 p.m. March 26.

A student at Babson College, Jacques has been performing since he was 6 years old, and has studied under the tutelage of some of Las Vegas' finest magicians.

See Friday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community news.

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