Put-in-Bay International Students from around the globe arrive at Put-in-Bay to work and learn about American culture. To help these international students make the transition, St. Paul’s Church will host a Welcome Fair on Thursday, June 6th, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., in the church undercroft (enter through the Food Pantry). Put-in-Bay residents will be on hand to introduce international students to some of the great things Put-in-Bay has to offer, including a homemade soup supper, a “welcome gift bag,” information on Lake Erie island services, plus a chance to meet new friends. Students from all over the world are expected to attend including those from Thailand, Columbia, Russia, Ukraine, Poland, and China. Put-in-Bay International Students are a valuable asset to numerous island businesses and essential in their day to day operations.

We plan also to offer a “bargain table” where students may obtain additional new or gently used household and personal items (think 10 cents or less). Also, a new service that will be introduced at the Welcome Fair is a Ride Share Program. If you are going to “the other side” (Bassett’s, Wal-Mart, Kroger, Sandusky Mall, Best Buy, etc.) and have room for passengers, just sign up at the church for the Ride Share Program. Interested Put-in-Bay Student employees can sign on to join you. This program and more will be explained at the Fair.

International Students are an important part of servicing summer tourists at Put-in-Bay. Mark Mathys from Put-in-Bay Resort stated he employs over 40 students on average each year from numerous countries including Columbia, Russia, Thailand, Poland, and Lithuania. It is interesting to hear the viewpoints of these students in regard to the USA and how they view each other’s countries. In most cases, even if there is discord between their home countries, all is forgotten here Mathys stated.