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July 27, 2012

TJ Attahir

With the new group of students arriving next month, we take a moment to look at the impact the KL-YES program made on a young man’s life.

KL-YES 7 student, TJ Attahir, of Nigeria lived in Cedar Rapids, during the ’09-’10 school year and would like to express his gratitude to IRIS and the KL-YES program.

“I am using this opportunity to say a big thanks to all the IRIS staff and volunteers who helped make our exchange program successful. I am truly grateful,” said Attahir. He went on to explain how IRIS helped develop a relationship between host families, friends and the students which “helped us learn and realize differences in our various cultures.”

Attahir says it was “truly a blessing” that IRIS and the KL-YES program made his dream come true.

It’s hard to believe nearly three years have passed since the 60 KL-YES students arrived in Iowa, but with determination, hope, ambition and a little luck, the 2012-2013 school year will also be dubbed a success.

This year, IRIS is looking forward to welcoming students not only from Nigeria and Tanzania, but also from Pakistan, the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, West Bank, Yemen and Turkey. The majority of the students will arrive in Ames Aug. 10, and go to their host families Aug. 12.

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  1. July 27, 2012 3:37 PM

    Good luck to all the new incoming students and host families. You will have a year that will impact your lives like few others in your life. Savor every moment.

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