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Visits from Special Americans December 10, 2012

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On Sunday, December 9, 2012, Lindsey Diloreto visited our English Club, giving our children another chance to meet and speak with an American.  Lindsey is a Peace Corps Volunteer from the state of Pennsylvania.  She lives in a small village near Kherson and wanted to meet the children who come to the English Club.  Lindsey is 23 years old, works with the children in her village, and is learning to play the guitar.  Perhaps she will come again and sing some songs for us.

The topic of the Club this week was “Traveling in English Speaking Countries.”  We talked about the five largest countries where English is the primary language.  These are the United States, Great Britain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.  We had fun “planning” our imaginary trips to these countries and talking about the tourist attractions we would like to visit.  Some of the popular choices were New York City, London, the Sydney Opera House, Niagara Falls, the site of the Lord of the Rings movie, Big Ben and Hollywood.

There were 63 children at the Club meetings this week.  The next English Club will be on December 23, 2012 and we will be talking about Christmas in America.  It is always celebrated on December 25th.  It is a religious holiday, celebrating the birth of the Christ Child with many traditions.  So we will talk about Christmas trees, Santa Claus, and decorations.  Come and join us.

I also had a meeting with the parents of our English Club children this week, which I liked very much.  I see many of you every week, and it was nice to speak with you.  We talked about the challenges of being a parent, and about education in Ukraine and America.  I really appreciated your attention and your questions.  And I love getting to work with your wonderful children.

On December 19, 2012, we will have a special visitor at the library.  My daughter, Molly McCafferty, will be visiting from American.  She would like to meet you and talk with you about her life in America.  She is 24 years old, lives in Washington, DC, and works as an Accountant.  She will be in the Windows on America room from about 13:30 to 15:00, so come visit if you would like to meet her.  She will spend a week in Kherson and would love to hear about your life in Ukraine.

My life in Kherson is getting very busy so the time is going by quickly.  I have been here for 6 months, have met more than 600 school children, and many wonderful adults.  My husband and I are feeling at home here, and really enjoying our time with you.  I look forward to having many more wonderful experiences with you in 2013.