International Week

June 10-14, 2024

9 AM – 12 PM at Lux Middle School

For one special week each summer, Bright Lights goes international! Camps during this particular week are attended by Nebraska middle school students and also by students visiting from Senshu Matsudo University Junior High School, a private middle school in a suburb of Tokyo.

Bright Lights began its international exchange program with Senshu Matsudo University Junior High School in 2002. The Bright Lights camps during International Week are specially selected to encourage a natural cultural exchange through activities, science experiments and fine arts projects. This exchange provides a unique educational and cultural experience, builds friendships and fosters a better understanding of the world. Coordinated by Barb Highstreet, who traveled to Japan as part of a Fulbright teacher exchange program, Nebraska students will have an unparalleled international experience without leaving Lincoln.

Approximately 65 students from Japan and 75 local middle school students will attend camps together June 10-14, 2024, from 9 AM – 12 PM at Lux Middle School, 7800 High Street. Students should arrive at 8:00 am on Monday, June 10, in order to welcome the visiting Japanese students when they arrive.

Students may choose to take part in an optional afternoon (Thursday, June 13) of bowling at no cost to them. Please read and agree to the Behavioral Expectations for those who Ride Bright Lights Buses prior to attending.

What people are saying about International Week camps

"Meeting the Japanese students this year opened up a new door for our son. He thoroughly enjoyed getting to know them and learn about their lives in Japan. Being able to devote extended time to the projects they worked on in class allowed him to have a sense of accomplishment and growth in the skills taught in class. He would love to come back again next year." --Bright Lights Parent
"Absolutely loved the experience with the American and Japanese students. There is no greater experience than watching the youth of two different cultures come together, share and communicate with other." -- Bright Lights Parent
"This was one of my best Bright Lights experiences so far. The kids were a very engaging class that challenged themselves musically while at the same time connecting with the students from Japan. They were great hosts and enjoyed making music together." -- Bright Lights Teacher