On Feb. 8, LWHS students of WAGET made cookies for the Chinese Lantern Festival and a cultural event held at 1125.
We met the students at Living Word and had a mini ESL lesson on nonprofits. Since our activity was attending the Cedarburg Harvest Festival, Linda explained the reasons for such events.
Linda provided info from the internet as well as articles and event ads obtained from newspapers to use as examples. She explained here in the US, activities such as the harvest festival as well as the China Lights are not just about people attending the event and purchasing items, it is also a fundraiser for parks, zoos, gardens and art museums.
These events are not government funded but, supported by the people who attend and purchase ticket, food and artisan work from vendors—- and by community businesses who provide larger sums of money. Linda provided several examples of giving levels. They learned that the monies raised by Cedarburg Festival Inc. is put into a fund and used as “grant” money for future community events, public art and other community improvement.
Linda used the students interests and how they would be applied– such as Katherines possible career in data or Ji’s interest in piano and how, if he became successful, benefit children who would not have the monetary means to learn how to play the piano.
After this introduction about Cedarburg’s Harvest Festival, Kayson drove the students to Cedarburg, and they were dropped off to explore and immerse themselves in an American culture of attending an autumn harvest festival. We all meet up again at 2:00 to watch the Pumpkin Regatta.
They asked if they could go to Meijers, so, Kayson drove them there. After an hour, we left to meet Christine for dinner. Christine ordered special foods for them. After dinner, Kayson drove them back to their dorm.
On Saturday, Aug. 31, we welcomed one new student, Ji Liu. Five returning students — Katherine, Simon, Kevin, Rong and Mickey — were also present. Kayson is their mentor. Christine brought Michael Carini who is an Education major student at UW Eau Claire to assist the group. Linda and Lori also joined the activity.
Students arrived at Evelen25 food court for welcome lunch at noon. Students enjoyed Chinese food especially spicy chicken, beef and bubble tea.
After the lunch, Linda and Michael gave them a tour of downtown art exhibits and walked around the shore of lake Michigan with the group. The students also enjoyed ice cream by the beach.
At 3 pm, students returned to Eleven25 and toured the facility. Then left for a shopping at Mo’s Chinese Grocery Store. Students had a wonderful time spending a day at Milwaukee downtown.
Christine talked with Lori and students to plan some future activities. Here are their suggestions.
We will connect with Lori later and plan accordingly.