The Transylvania Times -

Foreign Student Reunites With Teacher, Classmates


October 17, 2016

Courtesy of Carolyn Winchester

From left to right are Robin Patterson Bolt, Barbara Smith Conley, Lyn Turner Dockens, Maria Garrido Rodriguez and Carolyn Winchester.

On Jan. 9, 1971 exchange student, Maria Isabel Garrido, arrived in Brevard from Santiago, Chile to spend three months attending Brevard High School. The Turner family on Gallimore Road was her host family; Annette and Larry, her host Mom and Day; Lyn, her host sister; and Brent, her host brother.

Fast forward to Aug. 4, 2016. Forty-five years have passed and the only thing Maria wants for her 30th wedding anniversary is to return to the U.S. for a visit with her host family. Maria's husband, Alejandro, having heard so much through the years about the exchange visit, was a willing partici...

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