German students forge friendships in Crestview

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Jonah Fischer and his sister Lilli send greetings to their Crestview friends Ethan Sparagowski and Jordyn Barnes in front of Berlin’s landmark Reichstag, where the German parliament meets today.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Monday, July 8, 2013 at 10:28 AM.

BERLIN — Two Crestview students are helping a German brother and sister improve their English language skills while experiencing the culture of each other’s countries.

When Jonah Fischer, 15, and his father, Tillman, visited Crestview from Berlin, Germany in 2010, he befriended Ethan Sparagowski, now a Crestview High freshman.

After hearing stories about his two weeks of fishing, swimming and visiting classes at Davidson Middle School, Jonah’s little sister, Marlene, wanted to experience some of the same southern friendship.

Last fall, the 9-year-old, known as “Lilli” to friends and family, started exchanging letters with Baker School fifth-grader Jordyn Barnes.

“Having American friends in Crestview has helped the children learn English better,” their mother, elementary school teacher Sabine Fischer, said. “They learn things from their friends that we don’t teach in the school.”

During a recent walk along Berlin’s Spree River with their parents, Jonah and Lilli stopped near the iconic Reichstag building to send greetings to Ethan and Jordyn.

Lilli hopes to greet her Crestview friend in person one day.

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