One measure of the success of the twinning program between Campbell River and Ishikari is the number of students that have left their homes and schools to live in the twin city for a year. This has created many lasting ties between families in the two cities. Each year two Campbell River students (Grades 9 to 11) are selected to live in Ishikari and attend school. The selection takes place in the late Fall, then preparation and language lessons continue till departure for Japan in the following August. At that time two students, one from each of the two High Schools in Ishikari, arrive here.
Over the year the students live with 6 or 7 families for about seven weeks each. A great deal of community involvement is needed for this to work and both cities are proud of their success.