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Halloween Celebration in Akhaltsikhe

Georgia | English Access Microscholarship Program | 31 Oct 2011

On October 31, Access Program in Akhaltsikhe hosted a Halloween party. Among the numerous guests were:Nina Jugheli, English Language Programs Coordinator at U.S. Emabssy/PAS and Walter Gaddis, U.S. Embassy ELF in Kvemo Kartli and Samtskhe Javakheti regions

All the students, as well as the majority of guests, wore special Halloween outfits. All the small details to create the right ambiance including dark room, lit pumpkins and Halloween song as a background were there. Following a brief session of greetings and introductions, Access Students delivered a PowerPoint presentation about Halloween, after which the students divided into six groups of “Skeletons”, “Pumpkins”, “Bats”, “Witches”, “Draculas” and “Monsters” and the creativity and sharp-whit contests started to roll. Pumpkin carving competition was the first one in a row.Students had to carve the pumpkins and make up the most scary and funny stories about them. Guests acted as a panel of juries and awarded the owners of the most original pumpkins and stories with candies and sweets. “Mummy wrapping” contest came the next. Students had to wrap the mummies as fast as they could using toilet paper as a wrap, and the mummies had to move around without ripping their wrap apart. After the mummy race was over, one of the guests,Sean Frederic, Peace Corps Volunteer, showed a documentary on shooting Michael Jackson’s video clip “Thriller” followed by discussions and Q&A panel. Halloween word puzzle, that came next, demonstrated the students’ knowledge of Halloween related vocabulary and information. Contest of Halloween consumes was the last, but not the least. Access Students surprised the guests with their creativity. One of the winners was a girl, who wore a beautiful paper dress made by herself.

“You did a GREAT job with the Halloween party. It was a big success!”, said Sean Frederic, Peace Corps Volunteer, when the Halloween party came to an end. “I have worked on many events during the last year-and-a-half in Georgia, and this was definitely one of the best planned and executed. It was such a pleasure working with you because you were so well organized, had great ideas and followed through. Gilocavt!” – he added with a wide smile.


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