POULTINEY Melissa Kristiansen, art teacher from the Poultney High School, received notification that she will be among 160 educators visiting Japan in October. She has succeeded in acquiring participation in the Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund Teacher Program. The Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund, based in Tokyo, oversees all aspects of the program, which is sponsored by the Japanese government. This program launched in 1997 commemorates the 50th anniversary of the U.S.Fulbright Program, which has enabled more than 6,000 Japanese citizens to study in the U.S. on Fulbright fellowships for graduate education and research. The Institute of International Education is the agency for the Japan Fund to coordinate the recruitment and pre-departure activities of the teacher program in the U.S. Melissa had been selected from a national pool of over 1,700 applicants. This honored program allows distinguished primary and secondary school educators in an effort to promote greater intercultural understanding by the two nations. Ecstatic Kristiansen said, I am so happy to be going. Its like a dream come true. Melissas visit will begin in Tokyo with orientation on Japanese life and culture, as well as meetings with Japanese government officials and educators. In groups of 16 Melissa and her cohorts will visit selected host cities in direct contact with Japanese teachers and students in primary, secondary, and college. All will visit the cultural sites and local industries, as well as experience a home-stay with a Japanese family.