December 17, 2013
Local students got to travel around the world in a meal.
The Charlottesville Adult Learning center held its end-of-the-semester international potluck.
The center, part of Charlottesville City School works to teach non-native adults English and prepare adults without a diploma for the GED.
Teachers, ESL, and GED students could make recipes from their homes around world and brought them in to share.
Mohammed Al Azazi has lived in America for about six months. An ESL student from Iraq, Al Azazi brought a Middle Eastern food called Fattoush. The dish contained eggplant, tomatoes, parsley, and yogurt.
"All Arab people eat Fattoush," explained Al Azazi.
The event also served to thank volunteers for their work to help students learn English and prepare for the GED.
"We appreciate our students and our volunteers and all of the learning that happens in this building and it gives us a chance to celebrate," said Susan Erno, the director of the Adult Learning Center.
"I thank my teachers. They very helped me. And all volunteers and all them," said Al Azazi.
The Adult Learning Center is looking for volunteers for next semester's classes, beginning January 13. You can volunteer in either day or night classes.
If you're interested in volunteering, the center is holding a volunteer orientation for new GED and ESL volunteer tutors on Wednesday, January 8 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. or 6-7 p.m.
To attend the orientation or schedule another date if you cannot make the date, contact volunteer coordinator Cherry Stewart at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 434-245-2815.
For more information about Adult Learning Center classes, visit their website.
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