Dear ABC Friends and Family,
On May 11, ABC's TALENT Program welcomed 10 volunteers from Kimberly-Clark Beijing Mill and 16 volunteers from Yale Club of Beijing to one of the migrant schools. ABC staff members and volunteers from each organization joined hands to conduct two different art projects with the children. Volunteers from Kimberly-Clark gathered the students and decorated the classroom walls. In light of Mother's Day, volunteers from the Yale Club planned a group art activity which promoted teamwork and imagination with appreciation for mothers. The students were divided into three groups and assigned one of three topics. Based on their assigned topic, each group member drew his or her own artwork and later, all the individual drawings were combined to reveal the group's collective interpretation of the topic.
The following Saturday, May 18, marked the fourth year of the Community Programs event with Goldman Sachs and Community Team Works. Over 25 volunteers from Goldman Sachs joined ABC volunteers for an entire day of basketball scrimmages, music lessons, art projects, and cooking classes. In the afternoon, the volunteers, along with a handful of ABC TALENT students, repainted the outside walls of the school with an added touch of inspiration.
May's CONNECT events continued on Friday, May 28, with volunteers from The Carlyle Group. Despite the heat, Carlyle volunteers spent the afternoon beautifying and re-painting the remaining outside walls of the school. During this time, the volunteers were fortunate to witness the school's afternoon ceremonies, which included singing, dancing, and skits by the students.
Following Carlyle, SEI volunteers visited ABC's TALENT students at another migrant school on Saturday, May 29. In the morning SEI volunteers were split into four groups and assigned to one of the four ABC TALENT programs, baking, basketball, art, and music. In the afternoon, SEI conducted a pre-planned activity. SEI volunteers set up each classroom with different games, similar to an arcade, and had the students rotate between the rooms playing each game and winning tickets that they could exchange for prizes at the prize station. The school was filled with loud cheers and laughter all afternoon.
ABC is grateful for all organizations participating in the CONNECT program and their willingness to serve in a spirit to give. These events, in addition to the TALENT program weekly classes, are excellent platforms that enrich the DREAM program student's experiences and allow opportunities for participation and observation. It is our sincerest hope that the DREAM program students learn that it is just as, if not more, valuable to give than to receive.
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