|Abdiyah, Zeinab and Khadija are Somali refugees who attend our ELL classes. It was raining after class so they suited up in plastic raincoats we gave them.|
Sunday, April 1, 2012
Update from Nashville :)
I’m back to bring you an update about what’s been going on in Nashville. Everything with work has been going really well. I’ve been keeping busy with multiple different projects and situations. One not so happy thing is that the Nashville Adult Literacy Council (NALC) recently lost the funding that paid for the Citizenship classes we were offering at the center. Now, we only have ELL classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays and currently no classes on Mondays and Wednesdays; but hopefully we can find a way to get something going in those places soon!
On Mondays at Kid’s Café we serve a hot nutritious meal to the community, and every other week the Renaissance Hotel provides the food for this. They also go out of their way to provide other things for the kids in the community like the Christmas party that they hold each year for the kids to come have some food and fun during the holidays while making sure each one of them leaves with a bag of presents. In February they also held bike raffle for the kids in the Cayce-CWA community. They donated five bikes and for a month ahead of the drawing we signed kids. We had a community member draw the names of five kids and informed them that they won! Each of them was very excited!
Mom, Dad, Sarah and Connor came to visit for Mom’s birthday in January. They had a good time. We went to the Opryland Hotel so they could see it and their Christmas decorations were still up so that was neat. Mom has always wanted to go there at Christmas to see the decorations so it worked out perfectly! I showed them all around town and even took them to work to let them see the CWA Learning Center. When they came to help me move in we tried to find it but couldn’t figure out exactly where it was, so this time they were able to see it and actually go inside. It was a nice trip and we celebrated Mom’s birthday with dinner at the Loveless Café and a cake from Fiddlecakes. Mom was so surprised when we presented her with her gift of “50 Years of Memories” she loved it. Thanks to everyone who helped out with that!
I’ve also been running with a group from my church, Downtown Pres., as we train to participate in the Country Music Half Marathon, which is the last Saturday in April. Megan, Sarah and I have been doing this every week for a while now and are growing more excited as the day draws near. This will be my first half marathon so wish me luck! Here's the link with more information about the marathon and half-marathon in case anyone is interested.
Lastly, on April 11th I will be leaving for a weeklong trip to Northern Ireland! My roommate, Ashley, who is from Northern Ireland is going home to visit/ attend weddings for 3 weeks and she invited us to come along so Megan, Allison, Lee and I will be joining her for the first week of her trip home! I am sooooo excited! Please keep all of us in your thoughts and prayers as we travel and I’ll be sure to let you know all about it when I return.
I think my next post will be a story I share with you all about typical things I come into contact with in my job so that you can get a better picture of the types of things I do.
Hope everyone is having a wonderful Sunday afternoon! Love you all!