During October 3-11 a group of 5 Ukrainian educators visited Newton along with Open World Leadership Center Facilitator.
March 30th we celebrated the Bicentennial of Taras Shevchenko’s Birth. We tasted Ukrainian cuisine, learned about the Ukrainian culture, listened to Ukrainian music, and had a poetry contest.
2014/2015 Exchange Student
OPEN’s exchange student for 2014/15 school year has arrived!
Gigi will be staying with the Elbert family.
Picture left to right Austin Elbert, Spencer Elbert, and GiGi Chen.
We strive to strengthen the global outreach of Newton and Jasper County in ways that increase peace and understanding; promote democracy and citizen participation; and recognize mutual benefits of education, culture, agriculture and trade.
The Organization Promoting Everlasting Neighbors (OPEN) was formed in August, 1990, to implement the community-wide programs contemplated and supported by a Newton City Council resolution passed earlier that year. In August 1991, additional resolutions were passed by the City Council to establish Sister City relationships with the communities of Smila, Ukraine and Wu Chi, Taiwan.
OPEN is proud of the activities and projects over the years that have been successful due to the participation of Newton and Jasper County residents. Our 19 Board members will continue to strive to honor the words of our Mission Statement and fulfill the vision of the Resolutions passed by the Newton City Council in 1990 and 1991.