Thirty-one 7th and 8th graders from the Mid Michigan Community College Foundation’s Students of Promise program traveled to Lansing Feb. 23 to attend a live performance of the Blue Man Group.
The Blue Man Group combines drumming and performance, theatrics, and comedy into an entertaining show for all ages. Tickets to the live show were donated to Students of Promise from the Wharton Center’s Seats for Kids scholarship fund, which engages young people in the arts in order to encourage greater community and academic involvement.
For the occasion, attending students dressed up and honed their etiquette skills, which they put into practice while enjoying lunch at the Spartan Hall of Fame Café.
“The students loved the show, and some were even able to take pictures with the performers afterwards,” said Tammy Alvaro, Students of Promise coordinator. “Watching students practice their table manners and etiquette at dinner was really gratifying. It’s always so rewarding to see students mature and grow because of things that they learned inside of the program.”
Events like these encourage friendship and involvement for the program’s seventh and eighth grade participants, and it helps to retain students as they progress through the program’s other academic, cultural, and social offerings.
The MMCC Foundation supports the Students of Promise program, which is now in its sixth year. The program promotes cultural awareness, academic achievement, higher education, and social development to academically promising Clare and Gladwin county students who face significant challenges in their lives.
For more information about the MMCC Foundation’s Students of Promise program, call Tammy Alvaro at (989) 386-6634.