For the tenth year in a row, Japanese middle school students joined 65 of their American counterparts in “Broadway Bound” and seven other hands-on Bright Light classes for a week-long intense cultural immersion.
The Japanese students were from Senshu Middle School in Tokyo. This trip was part of their middle school graduation and English immersion project. What began as an experiment ten years ago has blossomed into a two-way cultural experience for many Lincoln and Japanese students.
“It’s about so much more than just the classes,” says Bright Lights coordinator Barb Highstreet. “It’s important to find out about the world, and who better to teach you than your peers as you work side by side on a fun project.”
Class subject matters included Robotics, Dissecting, Woodworking, Cooking, Art, and Dancing Like a Star. The classes were held at Lux Middle School. In between classes, the students shared their cultures by teaching each other how to eat popcorn with chopsticks and learning how to bowl.
Families from Lux Middle School also opened their homes to host the ninth grade students for 2-3 nights as they have done for the past nine summers. Lincoln native John Sypal coordinates the program from Tokyo.