Exchange Students Reach Out in Gemstone

International Student Exchange’s Gemstone region is an area encompassing the larger part of South Dakota and southern North Dakota, and home to about thirty to forty ISE exchange students every season. While they may not be the largest region in the U.S., they definitely fulfill a “larger-than-life” role when it comes to giving back to their community.

Every year for the holiday season, ISE Regional Mananger, Marybeth “Pebbles” Whiddon and her Representative, Barbara Hoyles, in cooperation with Our Saviors Lutheran Church coordinate a food drive that hands out food baskets and supplies to families in need. This year many students came to show thier support and give back to the community that has opened up its homes to the exchange program.

The students worked very hard to help the food bank with its donations this year, and have ensured that a few more families will be able to enjoy the holiday this year.

Thanks to the Gemstone region, Our Savior Lutheran Church, and to the ISE students who helped make this possible!