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A big construction project at a Toledo school is almost finished. A new dorm is going up at Maumee Valley Country Day School. Maumee Valley will be the only school in Northwest Ohio with a dorm and one of only a few around the state.

The school has had international students for a number of years, but for the first time, high school students will be able to study and live right on campus.

The project is moving right along, with crews working on the outside and the inside of the new dorm. Construction began in November and it's on track to be finished in May.

Maumee Valley has about 30 international students who now live with host families. In the fall they'll move into the dorm. Gary Boehm is the Head of School,"Our mission is to help our students become global citizens and there is no better way to do that than to learn alongside students from all over the world."

Helena Xuan is one of the school's international students, she's from China, "Maumee Valley is the best school in Ohio. I have friends in Ohio, so I wanted to come here."

She says the dorm will help enrich her experience, "The international students may get homesick but we will be staying with friends which will be much better."

As for being away from home, Helena seems to be settling right in to her new surroundings, "I am 15 now, it's okay!"

Polina Makova is the Director of International Admissions at Maumee Valley. She travels the world recruiting students in five target areas, "South Korea, Russia, Vietnam,Kazakhstan, China."

Makova is from Russia. She first came to the United States as an exchange student, which she says helps her relate to the students,"It helps that I understand what they are going through in terms of cultural experience and also what they need when they arrive in the United States."

Before students move in this fall, the dorm will house students for an English as a second language program this summer. The dorm won't only be home to international students, it will also be open to students from around the region and the United States. The goal is to eventually have a 50/50 mix of domestic and international students in the dorm.

School leaders say a donor paid for a big part of the construction cost, so the dorm will generate income for the school

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