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One of the most exciting things for a young student is a chance to visit another country, and thanks to some Union County and Elizabeth officials, two students from Elizabeth and one from Portugal recently experienced that opportunity.
An exchange program was recently allowed two students from Union County to visit the city of Ovar, Portugal, and a student from that city to visit Elizabeth. Pictured, left to right, are: Union County Freeholder Donald Goncalves; Portuguese exchange student Raquel Ferreira Martins, Portuguese American Trade Executive Director Manuel Ferreira, and Union County Building Services Director Richmond Lapolla, who conducted a tour of the County Complex in Elizabeth for the visitors.
The exchange program began two years ago during a trade mission to Elizabeths sister city, Ovar, Portugal, by Freeholder Donald Goncalves, working out of the Elizabeth Development Company; Mayor Chris Bollwage of Elizabeth, and Councilmen Manny Grova, Jr. and Tony Monteiro.
"We exchanged ideas with Ovar city officials on how to improve our cities," said Freeholder Goncalves.
"Two students from Elizabeth visited Ovar in July, and a student from their city was here the first two weeks in August. Getting young people involved in their communities and giving them an opportunity to visit a foreign country can only broaden their horizons, and make them better, more productive citizens," he added.