Dear ABC Family and Friends,
More than four months have passed sinceABC welcomed the DREAM class of 2013-2014 students to our family. Within this period of time, a lot of energy has been spent towards equipping these students with skills to help them transition into society. Below are some highlights from their time here to date.
After a week-long orientation, the nine new 2013-2014 ABC DREAM students finished their transition to ABC at the annual welcome dinner. On Saturday, July 20th, ABC staff and teachers gathered to formally welcome the new students to the DREAM program. The evening started off with an active icebreaker to get everybody energized. The students then introduced themselves and their interests. These introductions were followed by a song. The lively group listened to inspiring speeches from past students, teachers and staff.
Spirit of Giving Back
As part of the DREAM program education, students are given the opportunity to volunteer as teachers for local migrant students. The DREAM students also interact and work with university student and working professional volunteers to accomplish their volunteer work.
On September 7, ABC hosted the TALENT program’s Fall volunteer training day at the Middle School attached to Northern Jiaotong University. 75 volunteers attended, including 31 art volunteers, 16 music volunteers, 21 basketball volunteers, 4 dance volunteers, and 3 photography volunteers. Throughout the semester, volunteers learned team building skills and how to incorporate the 4C values (Commitment, Confidence, Courage and Care) into their classes.
On November 23, ABC hosted its Fall 2013 Talent Program Graduation ceremony for its volunteers, students, and partner schools and teachers. 313 students from 6 different migrant schools, and 144 volunteers and honorable guests attended the event. The day consisted of a basketball tournament, art exhibit and activity, and musical and dance performances.
On the night of November 30, ABC hosted its volunteer appreciation meeting. The meeting was designed to provide volunteers the opportunity to receive recognition for their hard work and dedication. In addition, those attending were able to share their insights, recall memories from the semester and continue building the friendships with the other volunteers.
We take great honor and pride in providing the DREAM students with opportunities to improve themselves as individuals and part of the greater community. Over the remaining 6 months of the program, it is our sincerest hope that each student will acquire a tangible skill and come to know that they are part of a family here at ABC.
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