Island friend Orietta Barquero texted me last night to let me know today was International Day at the Mackinac Island Public School. The event was held in the school gym and over a dozen countries were represented.
It’s a fact that many of us forget – and something school children here seldom think about – but Mackinac Island, as a resort community, is filled with workers who travel thousands of miles to spend their summers working on the island. They come from as far away as Russia and Asia, leaving families behind, to work for the season in hotels and restaurants, fudge and gift shops, or as drivers for Carriage Tours. Grand Hotel is the island’s largest employer of international workers, and most of those who participated in International Day were Grand Hotel employees. My friend Orietta (from Costa Rica) and her husband Steve are year-round island residents.
Kindergarten-6th graders were given passports to each country and workbooks with questions to ask and facts to find.
This was the 3rd annual International Day at the school, and each year it continues to grow. Mackinac Public School has 79 students this year Pre-School through 12th grades. There are four in the 2017 Senior Class.
Thanks, Orietta, for alerting me to this great event!