Ecuadorian Exchange Students Explore MHC

Ecuadorian Exchange Students Explore MHC

April 27, 2016

Martinsville, VA (April 27, 2016) – This week, Ecuadorian exchange students and local students from Carlisle School toured theMartinsville-Henry County area. Through a variety of activities, the students learned about American culture and life in Southern Virginia.

The tour began Tuesday, April 12 with a visit to Piedmont Arts where students were able to explore the current exhibit, “Collecting Prints” from the collection of James W. Hyams. The day continued at Virginia Museum of Natural History. There the students received a guided tour that enabled them to learn many new facts about the natural history of our world.

The next stop on the tour was Rucker’s Communication Museum in Martinsville Uptown where the students had the opportunity to see the history of modern communication from the telegraph to the mobile phone. Day one ended with the sweet treat of a cupcake decorating class at Uptown Sweets. At Uptown Sweets, the students made cupcakes with icing roses and molded white chocolate leaves on top using a variety of techniques taught by Colleen Butker.

Day two began Tuesday, April 26 when students visited Philpott Lake in Bassett, Virginia. There they learned about the process of building the dam, current facilities, the native wildlife, and much more. The students then traveled to Ridgeway where they learned about the past, present, and future of Martinsville Speedway. Students toured the track facilities while learning about NASCAR’s most historic track from drivers of the past to record holders and even the “Famous Martinsville Speedway Hot Dog.” The day concluded with a fused glass lesson at Gallery 22, a member of the Smith River Artisan Trail. Owner and artist Aleen Wilson led the students through creating their own unique pieces of fused glass art.

Heather Hoffman, Martinsville-Henry County EDC’s Visitor Services Coordinator, aided in the planning of the tour. According to Hoffman, “We always enjoy working with Carlisle School to coordinate tours for exchange students visiting the area. The tours offer a great way for local attractions and businesses to highlight their services and showcase some of the many ways to have fun in record time in Martinsville-Henry County.” For more information about planning a unique group tour to Martinsville-Henry County, please contact Hoffman at276.403.5948 or

The mission of the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation is to create new job opportunities and expand the tax base for the area.  The organization strives to support and develop local industry, as well as market Martinsville-Henry County globally as an exceptional place to live, work and play.

The EDC is a public-private partnership between the City of Martinsville, Henry County, the Martinsville-Henry County Chamber of Commerce, the Martinsville-Henry County Chamber’s Partnership for Economic Growth (C-PEG) and the Harvest Foundation of the Piedmont.

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