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Rachel Evarts Facilitates 4th of July Celebration for Access Program Students in Ozurgeti

Georgia | English Access Microscholarship Program | 7 Jun 2012

On June 7, Ozgurgeti Access Program held an enrichment activity about the 4th of July celebration, which was facilitated by Rachel Evarts, Peace Corps Volunteer. During the session, students watched a short video on American Revolution. To determine the level of comprehension among students, facilitator asked various questions on the topics related to the video. Students were encouraged to share their thoughts about the importance and cultural significance of the Independence Day in both the United States and Georgia.

Students shared their experience and impressions of celebrating the most recent Independence Day of Georgia and asked the Peace Corps Volunteer to tell them about the way she and her family used to celebrate the 4th of July when she lived in the U.S.

After the movie, everyone was treated to some sweets while they watched a short film about NYC fireworks show in 2011


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