Twenty-five teachers and middle and high school students from Houghton Middle and High Schools and from Calumet High School will be able to attend Diwali Night at Michigan Tech for free.
A $1,000 grant to provide the tickets was awarded to the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative and the Copper Country Intermediate School District by the Youth Advisory Council of the Keweenaw Community Foundation.
The goal is to expose students to diverse cultures and Michigan Tech features several international student chapters with many events offered to the community.
“This grant allows area students to experience a variety of cultures with out the expense of flying to Europe, Asia, Africa or South America!” explains Joan Chadde, the project coordinator. “Diwali Night is the first event this school year. Next will be African Night in February, followed by International Night.”
Diwali Night is this Friday with dinner from 5-7pm at the Memorial Union Building, followed by performances at the Rozsa Center from 7:30-9pm.
“We have twenty-five students and teachers attending Diwali Night from Houghton Middle and High Schools and from Calumet High School. We hope students from more schools will participate in future events,” adds Chadde. “What a fun and easy way to experience something completely different from halfway around the world, right here in Houghton County!”
The event is hosted by the MTU Indian Student Association.