The German hosts planned many activities for their American guests. Among these activities were visiting the mayor of Hennef; an all-day trip on the Rhine, which included viewing the Seven Hills of the Rhineland; a trip to the capital, Berlin, as well as to the former German capital, Bonn where they shopped at the Haribo Outlet store of Gummibears fame. In Cologne, they visited the Chocolate Museum and also climbed the 533 steps to reach the top tower of the Cologne Cathedral.
This is the sixth year that the exchange with the Gesamtschule in Hennef has taken place. A seventh exchange is planned with the same school in November of 2011 with 12 German students and two teachers arriving for the Thanksgiving holiday. The goal of the exchange is to provide an opportunity for the German, Boardman and Austintown Fitch students to experience each other's culture in their home and school.
Showing their allegiance to the Ohio State University by spelling out OHIO on the stairs of the Cologne Cathedral are Kevin Homistek, Caitlynn Gilles, and Samantha Devenport of Austintown and Jena Finch from Boardman.