Western Technical College will be hosting 2 teachers in October 2019 to set up a connection with students from Friedberg’s Fachoberschule in Sept. 2020.
Northwoods International Elementary School's third graders have been corresponding with third graders in Friedberg-Süd elementary.
UW-L has many students from Germany and UW-L students are attending university programs in Germany. We welcome visiting Germans associated with the many UW-L German connections: Goethe University in Frankfurt/Main in Wisconsin’s Sister State Hessen, Oldenburg University, Innsbruck & Vienna summer programs.
La Crosse has two High School G.A.P.P. (German-American Partnership Program) exchanges:
- Logan High School - Gymnasium-Friedberg (high school) in Friedberg, Bayern (since 1989).
- Central High School - Ludwig-Uhland-Gymnasium (high school) in Kirchheim/Teck, Baden Württemberg (since 1990).
Every two years up to 25 German students & their teacher(s) spend three-four weeks in the fall in La Crosse, living in families, attending school, becoming immersed in school, family, and community activities. The following summer the local students who hosted go to Germany to spend four weeks there with their partners. They too live with families, attend school daily, make presentations in classes, participate in short excursions and become immersed in the German culture. The hosting teachers prepare a full program of activities and the visiting teachers meet with their students for one class daily, help coordinate and troubleshoot.
Sept. 3-18, 2019 13 students & 2 teachers from Friedberg were hosted by Logan High School German students & their families. Nineteen German students with two teachers & a parent chaperone were hosted by their partner students in Friedberg in June 2018.
Each year La Crosse German students participate in Regional & State German Speaking Contests, a German Day at UW-Madison, walk in the Maple Leaf parade, hold a German Heritage Day with stations for La Crosse elementary students at the Oktoberfest grounds, & hold a large Oktoberfest celebration at Lincoln Middle School. They sing German Christmas carols in local nursing homes. In alternate years there is a trip to New Ulm for Fasching or to Chicago for the Christmas Market.