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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Closing Ceremony!

We had a closing ceremony/graduation for all of the students at the end of the program.  Throughout the program some of the teachers worked on things like short plays, a fashion show, and songs for the students to perform.  All of the parents were invited and we all packed into the auditorium.  All of the students looked adorable in their blue graduation caps and gowns. 

I was amazed at everything that was put together during the four short weeks we had with the students.  They performed The Ugly Duckling, and The Boy Who Cried Wolf.  They sang Take Me Out to the Ball Game, Heal the World, and did the Hokey Pokey.

I put together questions for the students to answer about things we learned in science and the environment.  For each question there was a prize (a bag of chips) and the students must have been very hungry because they were swarming me trying to get picked on.  All of the students raised their hands without even reading the question because they wanted to get the prize.  It was really funny watching them try and come up with an answer when they were put on the spot. 

We had a special performance by a level one student named Megan who sang Rolling the Deep by Adele.  I was very impressed- she just might be the next Vietnamese Idol! 

The best part about the closing ceremony was being able to meet some of the parents.  All of the parents were so grateful and told us how much they appreciated us being there to teach.  They all expressed that the kids had fun and learned a lot and it was very nice to get that affirmation. 

At the end of the closing ceremony I was so sad.  I still had one more day to teach the students but I realized that I was going to miss them and miss hearing “teacha” 100s of times a day.  It was such a bittersweet feeling.  

Part of the Boy Who Cried Wolf

 Megan Singing!