On March 20, 2010 our Bancroft Elementary School students’ welcomed the spring season by participating in the Kites of Asia Festival at the National Air and Space Museum.
Our students enjoyed making and designing their own Asian kites. They learned different typed of kites from Thailand, Mongolia and even making simple kites from ordinary paper. The students received their written names in Mongolian characters.
This was also an opportunity for some of our parents to have fun with their kids.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
I am Juwon Jung from South Korea. I am studying at American University through Washington Semester Program. Washington Semester Program is a diversity program that is composed of seminar and internship. In my case, I am majoring in Architecture Engineering and really interested in city development, environment, and Asian issues. That is why I chose Transforming Communities and I got an internship at AALEAD.
It is a great opportunity for me to work at AALEAD. Especially, I liked the Going Green Project that emphasizes on environments, because I had many experiences in regards to climate and pollution.
My supervisor at AALEAD is Danny. I am will be working with him for 2 months, I am in charge of ETO, office work, organizing file and going green project. My first going green project with the students was making a piggy bank from recycled plastic bottles. It was a great activity to learn about going green. To know the importance of environment is essential factors for children; and also to save money to help the students learn on the importance of savings.
On March 2,.2010, We had this going green project with 3rd graders at Thomson school. It was pretty fun. I showed sample pictures to the children and explained how to make a piggy bank by using empty plastic bottles. The students designed their empty bottles in as they would like it but I was surprised, because most of the students did very well than I thought, even in the example. I could know that they have creative imagination. After we finished the activity, the students expressed that it was so interesting and had fun with other student. I was so happy. My time here at AALEAD has been great so far, I am sure that my rest time at AALEAD will be so good too! Thanks!
Monday, March 29, 2010
Wed, March 24, 2010. China Garden held a bustling 400+ guests at AALEAD's 11th Annual Dinner. It was an exciting day, with featured guests Mario Morino and Yul Kwon and wonderful Eun Yang as the master of ceremonies.
Thank you Jennie and Harry for these beautiful photographs.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
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Box Suite: Washington Wizards vs. New Jersey Nets
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One week vacation in Key West Condo + $1,100 cash for travel expenses
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Restrictions: Must be used by March 1, 2011, Subject to availability, Maximum occupancy of 4, Fishing trip is subject to weather conditions and includes bait, tackle and license fees.
Private Box at the Nationals game with Parking Included
Come see the Washington Nationals and their new #1 draft pick star pitcher Stephen Strasburg! Bid on a complete box suite which includes: 22 tickets, 4 guest passes (allows any 4 friends from other seats to come sit in the suite), and 4 parking passes. Choose from any baseball game this season when the Nationals play potential playoff contention teams such as the Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals, or New York Mets.
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4-day/3-night Deep Creek Lake Vacation
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Restrictions: Must be redeemed between April 5th and May 10th, 2010, subject to availability.
Majority of immigrant Chinese parents, who participate in AALEAD monthly parent group meetings, have expressed an interest in applying for such public assistance as subsidized housing, utility and/or rental assistance. Those parents, who currently have "green card," also voice a desire to utilize available legal assistance for applying for citizenship. To address these parents' needs and concerns. AALEAD conducted DC Housing "Information and Application" workshop on 1/26/10, through joint efforts with DC Housing Authority and Chinatown Services Center. On 3/17/10, a workshop, for MD parents, on Immigration Legal Assistance took place through partinership with APALRC. APALRC will conduct another workshop on Immigrantion Legal Assistance for AALEAD DC parents, as well as those parents, who receive services from Chinatown Services Center on 3/23/2010. It is noteworthy that a representative from Housing Counseling Services, Inc. was present for the workshop on 1/26/10 to discuss available housing assistance offered by the agency. AALEAD will continue to explore opportunities to work with above mentioned, and other, community partners to identify new ways to better serve immigrant Chinese families.
Monday, March 22, 2010
On February 23rd 2010, Thomson Elementary students participated in an activity called “speed quiz” (a Korean game), and I think all the students enjoyed it!
As there were a lot of students in various ages, we divided into four groups to start the game. The rule of this game is simple. One of group member explains the word on the paper (but you can’t say the word directly), another group member tries to guess what the word is and the other member holds the papers. The winner of the game is the team who can correctly guess the most words!. I was really satisfied with this workshop, because all the students were smiling and laughing while we were doing the game. It was also quite a great experience for me!
After “speed quiz”, we did another game. It is also a Korean game, and it is called “gong gong chil bbang”. After sitting in one big circle, the starter says ‘gong!’ and points to someone else. That person also says ‘gong!’ and points to another person. The next person says “chill!” and points someone else. That person says ‘bbang!’ to another person. And the people right beside the ‘bbang!’ person must raise their hands and shouts ‘u-ak!’ When the game goes faster and faster, it gets more fun!
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Hey, my name is Fetsum and I have been interning with AALEAD for about 2 months now. I am an Ethiopian that was born in Kenya but grew up in Michigan. After two years at Western Michigan University I went abroad to Indonesia for a year to do volunteer work and fell in love with the country. I am currently a senior at Eastern Mennonite University, which is in Harrisonburg, VA, and I am studying International Development with a focus in justice, peace, and conflict. As a requirement for my major I have to do a semester internship in DC and my first choice was AALEAD of course.
As an intern with AALEAD I have two supervisors, Rick and Danny. With Rick I have been doing a lot of stuff for the upcoming Annual Dinner, which has been keeping everyone busy. The other part of my internship I have been working at the after-school programs at Thomson and Bancroft, which has been awesome! On Mondays and Tuesdays we have three other interns that come to Thomson. We each have our own group of kids that we tutor and plan activities with. For my group we are in the process of making super heroes and villains out of anything that is reusable. One of the guys in my group, Brandom, decided to take things on a whole different level when he and his father constructed the Dragon out of plastic cups and random plastic silverware. It’s pretty much the coolest thing I’ve ever seen. My time here at AALEAD has been great and I am certain that the rest of my time here will be just as good!
On March 11th 2010, AALEAD was able to join members from Booz Allen Hamilton for a fun field dinner and dining etiquette workshop.The dinner was held at Commonwealth Gastropub in Columbia Heights. Anne Chiang from Booz was the lead coordinator and brought in a wonderful instructor, Alexandria Kovack (Hospitality Consultant) to teach our students about formal dinner etiquette. The students got to enjoy a three course meal while meeting and interacting with members of Booz Allen. Over the course of dinner, the student got to learn how to navigate the dinner set up, proper posture for eating, and how conversations should be carried out over dinner.
Booz Allen Hamilton put together a wonderful dinner event for our AALEAD students in DC. We at AALEAD greatly appreciate all the effort that Booz Allen Hamilton put in to provide this opportunity to our students. Thank you so much Anne Chiang, Lu Zhang, Julius Seok, and Roger Chen!
On Jan 28th, Masoora Ali (GLP Coordinator) taught a cooking session on Pakistani food along with how to make "Chicken Karahi and Roti". Everyone one was taught how to roll roti dough and how to serve it with the Chicken Karahi. Students watched a clip of different Pakistani dishes and took a quiz on what they had learned. There was group competition between the girls and boys! After the food was prepared, we had staff members Rick Chen, Lan Thomas, and volunteer Peter Tran act as judges for the competition.
In the end, the girls group won!
On February 25th, AALEAD students went to BETA Academy to learn about Muy Thai. Everyone got to hear a little bit about the origins of Muy Thai. Under the instruction of multiple trainers, students got to practice punching combinations and side kicks. The students were very enthusiastic about the class and are looking forward to learning more about Muy Thai in the future.
Sunday, March 14, 2010
The workshop aimed at introducing the International Women’s day to the students and to encourage them taking lead in their schools and communities. While discussing about the importance of International women’s day, students were asked if they have any female role model in their lives that they admire. We also had presentations from students on Judy Chu (First Chinese American woman ever elected to the congress), Aung San Suu Ky (Elected prime minister of Burma in 1990), Queen Liliuokalani (last reigning monarch of the Hawaiian Islands who was forced to give up her throne in 1898), Maya Lin (famous Chinese American architect, who designed the Vietnam War Memorial at the age of 21).