For the 17th year, Bright Lights welcomes Japanese students from Senshu Matsudo Junior High School to Lincoln to learn and build friendships with American middle school students.
The learning activities and interaction with the students from both countries provide the success of this program. As one parent commented, “There is no greater experience than watching the youth of two different cultures come together, share and communicate with each other.” The experience is rich, in not only learning a new class topic, but in helping youth build positive relationships with peers from another country as well as their own.
Many classes such as Broadway Bound, Clay Expressions, Extreme Dissecting and Robotics have been a part of this program for many years. Newer classes include Outdoor Adventures, Woodworking, Pokemon and Sew Fun! International. All classes are taught by top-notch teachers who have expertise in their areas, as well as a love of teaching middle school students and students from abroad.
As an added bonus to these experiences, the American students are invited to an afternoon of bowling hosted by the Japanese students. After a week of participation in these classes, many of the students keep in contact by email long after their experiences together end, and some even make trips to visit their Japanese friends. This cultural exchange is a memory experience that lasts a lifetime.
This year the Bright Lights International Program will be held the week of June 18-22 at Lux Middle School. The full class schedule is available now at BrightLights.org, and and registration for the classes will begin Saturday, March 24th at 8:00 AM at BrightLights.org.
Also, as part of their two-week American experience, the Japanese students get to participate in a home stay in Lincoln for four days and three nights in June. There is often a need for host families to house and entertain the visiting Japanese students. If you are interested in this amazing opportunity, please contact Dru Sypal at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.