Summit Singers traveling at perfect time to learn about others cultures |

Summit Singers traveling at perfect time to learn about others cultures

I was so heartened to see that our Summit High School Summit Singers will be able to make their trip to Italy as planned. There has never been a better time for our young ambassadors to travel and get a fresh perspective on the events that will affect their lives for many years to come.

Perhaps, if more young people were able to travel, develop a deeper understanding of other cultures and make friends in other lands we might be spared the heartache and suffering of war.

To the parents of the students and the school board, I applaud your support of these students and the opportunity you are presenting them. I happened to be living in London during the Gulf War and the American fear of travel to Europe was much the same as it is now.

But I never felt safer. European authorities have been dealing with organized groups and terrorists for a long time and they dealt with the Gulf War in a way that promoted a feeling of security amongst the public.

Although we didn’t see many American tourists during the Gulf War, those of us who were in Europe felt very safe, and we were well protected.

To the students, I say you have a great opportunity. In addition to a fantastic cultural excursion you will undoubtedly be asked about the war, U.S. politics and your opinion of recent events. The real opportunity lies not in defending your point of view, but in asking the same questions of your new international friends, listening to their responses and trying to understand their perspective.

I hope that you will meet many other students and develop longtime friendships. Buon Viaggio!

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