A contingent of eight 15 and 16 year old students and chaperones from China crashed the Downtown Crookston Development Partnership’s second “Patio Party” at the corner of Second Street and North Main Monday.

The students, from Xincheng Ziquan Middle School/American College Experience in China’s Gansu Province, are visiting July 9-27. They’re staying in UMC’s Heritage Hall and experiencing the life of an American undergraduate.

In addition to authentic language learning and speaking opportunities, the objectives of this “camp” include an appreciation of nature, and the importance of service to the community.