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Exchange student displaced, needs new host family in Layton area
Jan 03, 2013 | 1961 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print

LAYTON — An exchange student who is visiting Utah from Thailand has made it halfway through the school year at Northridge High School, but needed a new host family in the area so she could stay through the rest of the year.

This weekend, after the Davis Clipper publicized her need, the girl found a home. 

The teen had been staying with a family whose father was deployed overseas, said Ginger Smith of Forte Exchange, the non-profit group that organized the girl’s visit. That family can no longer house her.

The girl enjoys swimming and reading and is on the indoor track team at Northridge, Smith said.

Families can receive a $50 tax credit for each month they house the student and would be expected to provide food and rides. The student has her own insurance and money for her studies.

If no eligible host families come forward within the next few days, the student would have to transfer to Clearfield High School.

Either way, she will return to Thailand in the first week of June.

Northridge High School is at 2430 N. Hill Field Road in Layton.

If you are interested, call Smith immediately at 801-472-6193 or email her at

You can learn more about hosting exchange students at


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