Sunday, April 27, 2008

Event Concluded with Short Speeches, Songs & Awards

Madame Ha, as she is known, directs the Saturday morning tutoring program. She described the program to the audience then led the children in songs sung in Vietnamese, French, Chinese and English.
Jennifer Hixon, a Refugee Center Board Member and Multicultural Director at King School in Urbana, emphasized the importance of languages. She exhorted UIUC students to learn languages and the children to maintain their first languages as they developed their English.
The audience voted for the best posters, and Madame Ha presented awards to the winners. All children got to take home prizes in the end, and the Saturday morning program bought many art supplies with the grant money. Although as Ha said during the program, "We had to work for this money!"

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