International Dinner - a Harwood tradition

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On February 11, Harwood Union High School will be hosting its annual International Dinner, a community gathering and school fundraiser that has been a school tradition for 15 years.

The dinner celebrates the school’s ties to the international community and raises funds for students traveling abroad through the school’s travel study programs.

The money raised will be split between two travel study abroad experiences taking place this spring. One group of Harwood students will be traveling through Greece and Italy for two weeks, while another group will be embarking on a new experience offered this year, a one-week trip to Denmark.

The International Dinner serves as a great way for the community to come together and support local youth in having new cultural experiences in the year to come.

This price covers a full buffet-style dinner, student- and staff-led entertainment and a silent auction. Students are also selling raffle tickets to win a queen-size quilt made by Harwood math teacher Lisa Therrien.

Kathy Cadwell, a Harwood history teacher and the Greece and Italy chaperone, has been involved with the International Dinner for years. “It has always been a big community event. We want to raise as much money as we can, and in the past we have exceeded our fundraising goals. It’s a really fun evening, with the silent auction, the dinner and the entertainment. It really celebrates what’s best of Harwood and Harwood’s international connections,” said Cadwell.

Twenty-five students are attending the Greece and Italy trip along with four Harwood teachers. The trip serves as a study tour, where students can get to experience places they have learned about in classes such as Three Democracies, Latin, Global Studies and AP Euro. Throughout the two-week stay they will visit landmarks in Venice, Florence, Rome, Athens and multiple other cities throughout the two countries.

Fourteen students and 4 teachers will be traveling to Denmark , including Principal Lisa Atwood. This is the first year that this travel study has been offered at Harwood. Prior to Harwood Union students visiting the Odsherreds Efterskole (OE) school outside of Copenhagen, a group of Danish students will travel to The Valley and stay with local host families, creating a “sister school” relationship between the two schools.

Avery Murphy, a Harwood junior, will be participating in the trip to Denmark this spring. “I am very excited to travel to Denmark and learn about the Danish culture. I know that the funds from the International Dinner will be a big help in covering our expenses overseas!” said Murphy.

All are invited to the event on February 11, where tickets will be sold at the door. The event takes place from 6 to 8 p.m.