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Access Students from Gori, Georgia Celebrate Thanksgiving with an Enrichment Activity

Georgia | English Access Microscholarship Program | 21 Nov 2011

The Access Program in Gori held a Thanksgiving Enrichment Activity on November 21, 2011. Among the guests of the event were Jill Kelley, Director of the Energy and Environment Office of the USAID together with her parents who were spending their Thanksgiving vacations in Georgia.

The session started with informal introductions and swiftly moved on to the topic of the day – the celebration of Thanksgiving. The tight schedule of the day included showing the Thanksgiving episode of the film - “Family Album USA” followed by comprehension exercises; a very informative PowerPoint presentation on Thanksgiving, its history and symbols delivered by Access Program Students; a funny skit on the topic of Thanksgiving; matching games and quizzes; quotes by famous people and a Thanksgiving song - "All things bright and beautiful". The day was concluded by creating a Thanksgiving Message Corner and reading out load the anonymous Thanksgiving messages written by students, teachers and guests.

“You know much more about the history and symbols of Thanksgiving than I or any average American teenager does” Jill Kelley told Access Program students in her good-bye speech. “I am thrilled by the enthusiasm and by how far you have come in less than a year of studying English. Having spent about the same time in Georgia and knowing just a few words in your language, I feel ashamed. “– she added.

“We will never forget this day” – admitted Thomas, Jill’s Dad when leaving. “It has been a privilege to know so many bright youth and be in their company for two hours” .


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