Bringing people together one country at a time

By Molly Reuter - bio | email
Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - They are best known for their high energy show that uses music as an international language. The 2009 Up with People cast entertained some Tyler elementary students Monday afternoon, spreading their message of "bringing people together."

"I think one of the big issues in the world today is the simple understanding between groups of people," said Up with People marketing manager Matthew Erley. "If we can pull students from 22 different countries and show others how they can work together, that's really a way to tell the rest of the world they can do the same."

Up with People landed in Tyler Sunday afternoon. The students, ages 18 to 29, are in the middle of their 5 1/2 month world tour. Ida Lundgren of Sweden says the best part is staying with host families.

"They are great, and this is like my 10th host family, so I'm getting used to it and I love it," said Lundgren.

For other students, it's about getting out in the community and making a difference.

"I'm a kindergarten teacher, and I quit my job to take a break and come travel and help the world a little bit."

From volunteering, to singing and dancing the students do it all one community and country after the other.

Tyler is "Up with People's" last stop in the United States. From there, the cast will travel to Taiwan. The big "Up with People Show" is this Friday night at seven at Caldwell Auditorium in Tyler. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students.