Activity day flyerUnion High School’s German American Partnership Program (GAPP) is hosting a Kids’ Activity Day, gift-wrapping event and Craft Fair on December 7th to raise funds towards their trip to Germany this summer. There will be games, music, films, crafts and activities for Union students from pre-K to 5th grade. Parents are asked to pre-register their children with the Google form on the UHS Facebook page or on the school website, or to stop by the high school office to fill out the paper form. The event runs from noon until 5 p.m. and will take place at the high school. The cost is $15 for one child and $10 for each additional sibling. For additional information, contact Frau Dunkelberger at or call the high school at 319-342-2697.

Adults can bring gifts to be wrapped for a donation to the GAPP group. There will also be cloth gift bags for sale. In addition, there will be a craft fair with a multitude of hand-crafted items, such as decorations, Santa Cams, knitted baby booties, bags and quilted table runners.

Get your shopping and decorating done while the kids have fun!

Union High School has had an exchange program with a German school for over 20 years. It originated with the exchange with the Karolina Burger Realschule in Ludwigshafen and continues now with the Alexander von Humboldt Gymnasium in Lauterbach, Hessen. Every two years a group of UHS students travels to Germany, staying with host families, attending school while experiencing the culture and everyday life of students in a German school. Many field trips and travel to cities like Munich, Salzburg and Berlin round out the experience. On alternate years the students from the German school visit their counterparts at UHS.

This year, 17 students will depart from the US on June 14, 2020 and return on July 7th. While living in the Lauterbach area with their host families, they might make side trips to the Rhein river, view local attractions, meet extended family, visit cities like Heidelberg, Fulda, and Cologne and explore a few castles. Later they will travel to Berlin, Salzburg and Munich. Highlights include the Berlin Parliament, Museum Island, the Berlin Cathedral, the Hohensalzburg Castle, the Olympic grounds, Dachau Concentration Camp, the Bayern Munich soccer stadium and many more unforgettable sites.