On Thursday, June 14, International Charter Academy of Georgia (ICA Georgia), a new Japanese-English dual language immersion charter school, held a ribbon cutting and tree planting ceremony to celebrate the school’s opening at 3705 Engineering Drive in Peachtree Corners. The school year will begin on August 8, 2018.
In addition to founding board members and parents, guests of honor included Takashi Shinozuka, Consul General of Japan; Richard Woods, Georgia State School Superintendent; Charlotte Nash, Chairman of the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners; Mike Mason, Mayor of Peachtree Corners; Patrick Wallace, Program Specialist, Georgia Department of Education World Languages and Global Initiatives; Scott Hilton, Representative, Georgia State House District 95; Pedro “Pete” Marin, Georgia State Representative District 96; Tom Taylor, Georgia State Representative District 79; Sam Alston, President, Buckhead Rotary; and Jim Masui, Chairman, Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Georgia.
During the ceremony, Chairman Nash spoke of the importance of ICA Georgia’s mission given the incredible diversity of Gwinnett County, where 25% of the population was born outside the United States. Superintendent Woods expressed his support for the new school, deeming it an opportunity to broaden and enhance education. Mayor Mason shared his excitement about welcoming the school to Peachtree Corners and promised to promote the school at every opportunity. Consul General Shinozuka expressed his wish that many of the children who graduate from ICA Georgia will go on to study or work in Japan or start careers with Japanese companies and continue to build good relationships between Japan and the United States.
After the ribbon-cutting, a dogwood tree representing Georgia and a cherry tree representing Japan were planted in front of the school.