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.