A group of around a dozen Chinese students spent Tuesday, July 29 touring Dallas County as part of the Iowa Youth Leadership International Tour hosted by the Chinese Association of Iowa.

The group made stops at the Dallas County Board of Supervisors meeting, the district court, assessor’s office, treasurer’s office, recorder’s office, auditor’s office, public health, environmental health, planning and development, and took a tour of the sheriff’s office and county jail.

Dave Keely, a West Des Moines resident and retired school teacher, helped organize the trip to Dallas County.

"This program is kind of an introduction," said Keely. "These are younger kids that visit Iowa for two weeks in the summer and are introduced to the Chinese Association of Iowa and some kids may be back."

Keely mentioned that many of the students have shown interest in returning to the United States to attend school and want to learn about American culture.

"One of the things that is important to understand why they do this is it really gives the kids the power of learning two languages," Keely said. "Many of these students will become Americans." The Chinese Association of Iowa was founded in 1987 in Des Moines and aims to promote cultural diversity and enrichment in the local community.