Last graduating class receives diplom...

Last graduating class receives diplomas at Japanese boarding sc...

There are 13 comments on the WBIR Knoxville story from Mar 9, 2007, titled Last graduating class receives diplomas at Japanese boarding sc.... In it, WBIR Knoxville reports that:

Students from Japan have attended Tennessee Meiji Gakuin High School in Sweetwater for more than a decade.

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Matt

United States

#1 Mar 9, 2007
As sad as it may seem, I think it may not neccesarily be a bad choice. Students that come America to discover it must also discover a diverse culture if they are to truely understand what America is. By closing the school they may be integrated to other more diverse schools, not just a school limited to a Japanese culture.
David Emanuel

Knoxville, TN

#2 Mar 9, 2007
Thanks for the article. I missed the news report on TV. I was still as the school. I would like to say that there have been offers to buy the campus but no serious offers.
David Emanuel

Knoxville, TN

#3 Mar 9, 2007
To Matt- as an American who is the principal of the school, I can say that TMG offered the best of both worlds. These students were able to come to the States, live with American families on the weekends, participate in inter-school sports with other Americans, travel outside of the campus on extensive and frequent activity trips in order to interact with their American peers, etc. After their time here is up, they still are able to go back to Japan to a Japanese university if they choose, or stay here in the states and attend an American university. By no means was the school limited to a Japanese culture.
Heidi

AOL

#5 Mar 10, 2007
What a shame it is. I was a host family for 15 yrs for students. I enjoyed them tremendously and will miss them. Will they defer the students to the school in Ky now?
Poor English

Stoughton, WI

#6 Mar 10, 2007
Principal Emanuel hopes to sale the Sweetwater campus to another school, however, no offers have been made.
"sale" is a noun, "sell" is correct
PAPPY

United States

#7 Mar 10, 2007
I AM SAD TO SEE THE SCHOOL CLOSE. I THINK THE SCHOOL WAS A GREAT ASSET TO SWEETWATER, AND THE STUDENTS WILL BE SADLY MISSED.
Nadene K

United States

#8 Mar 11, 2007
I am so glad to have had the students here in our small town and to also be a part of our churches. You will be sadly missed in our community. Good luck in all of your endeavors and maybe some day you can come back and see us or become a part of us. Goodbye
Nadene K

United States

#9 Mar 11, 2007
I am from Sweetwater,tn instead of In.
Dakhath

Dalton, GA

#10 Mar 11, 2007
It's too bad to see the school go.

Also, the poster who commented on the horrible grammar was correct: the word in the last sentence should be 'sell', not 'sale'.
Ginger

Loudon, TN

#11 Mar 13, 2007
I was a nurse at this school and could never hope to find a better job, one where I felt truly appreciated, and I loved these students as if they were my own. I felt a real bond with the students and it saddens me that such a wonderful school is coming to an end. Forever TMG.
Vickie M -Sweetwater TN

Chattanooga, TN

#12 Mar 14, 2007
TMG certainly added a "breath of fresh air" to Sweetwater, TN. The students were very polite and it was enjoyable to see them shopping in Sweetwater. The school will be missed!9782
David Emanuel

Knoxville, TN

#13 Mar 15, 2007
Thanks for the very uplifting comment. If you see a green volvo going down the road with the license plate "4EVRTMG" wave at me...it's me!
John Hendricks

Dallas, GA

#14 May 6, 2007
WELL, AS A 1957 GRAD OF TMI, i HAVE NOT BEEN UP TO THE SCHOOL SINCE TMG TOOK OVER. I ASSUME IT IS IN BETTER SHAPE THAN MY VISIT IN THE 1970'S, AND THEN IT WAS IN NEED OF MUCH OVERHAULING.

WONDER IF THE WOODS AND THE "GOLF cOURSE" ACREAGE IS STILL A PART OF THE PROPERTY?

jth

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