MARYSVILLE — The Marysville Board of Education has approved an agreement with Columbus Japanese Language School (CJLS) to serve as the host school district for their Saturday School. CJLS will be renting space in Marysville schools weekly to continue a tradition of education that began forty years ago.
“Marysville Schools is thrilled to welcome Columbus Japanese Language School to our school district,” said Superintendent Diane Allen. “This agreement will allow Saturday School to be held at Creekview Middle School every Saturday beginning September 4.”
The Columbus Japanese Language School began in 1980 for US citizens and international employees and their families while assigned to various Japanese companies in the area. It was founded by a group of Japanese parents from central Ohio who were looking for ways to help their children maintain and develop their Japanese language skills and culture in the United States.
After more than a year of online learning, CJLS’s Yuki Watanabe is looking forward to students meeting in person again.
“We are truly grateful to Marysville Schools and are excited to restart the in-person classroom program,” he added. “We hope to build a long and strong relationship with the community of Marysville.”
More than 400 students will meet every Saturday in an atmosphere close to that of schools in their country of origin. The CJLS teaches the rules and guidelines typical of the Japanese education system in order to help students become successful members of Japanese society. In addition to the Japanese National Standards and Curriculum, the Columbus Japanese Language School provides a supportive environment to nurture self-confidence and creativity, while encouraging an attitude of self-control and cooperation in each student.
Marysville City Manager Terry Emery added, “The City of Marysville is thrilled to welcome the Columbus Japanese Language School (CJLS) to Marysville. With 24 Japanese businesses in the community, our friendship city and student exchange relationship with Yorii, Japan, and the largest K-12 Japanese language program in Ohio, CJLS will advance our strong relationship with the Japanese community. We thank CJLS for their commitment to Marysville and thank Marysville Schools for their partnership and leadership.
In fact, Marysville Schools offers the largest Japanese program in the state.
“With our proximity to so many Japan-based businesses and the importance of this industry to our community, central Ohio and the state, we feel it is important to provide our students and the community for opportunities to engage with Japanese culture and language,” Allen added. “Our partnership with CJLS is another opportunity for us to embrace and enhance this important relationship.”