By Melor Suhaimi, AALEAD Staff
Photo Courtesy of AALEAD Staff
Summer has flown by and the 2013 – 2014 school year has begun. That means that there are only 11 more days left until the first day of the start of AALEAD’s MD Middle School Program. Keo and I have anxiously and excitedly been planning for the 2013 – 2014 Middle School curriculum and we are both excited for what’s to come! In the past week, the start of AALEAD lunch informational sessions have been held at the five Middle Schools; Eastern, Argyle, Loiederman, Parkland, and Newport Mill. AALEAD lunch informational sessions provide an overview of AALEAD for new interested youth and to provide information for current AALEAD youth with upcoming plans for the school year.
Eastern Middle School’s lunch session was the first and was held this past Monday. The table was set with sandwiches and snacks as youth entered the room; old and new faces. Current AALEAD youth shared their AALEAD past experiences to new students to give a little sneak peek as to what AALEAD entails. Keo and I shared all the different things that AALEAD participants will do at our after-school program, as well. AALEADers will continue to learn about different Asian countries and cultures, cook dishes and try different foods and fruits from Asia, participate in community service projects to earn community service hours, attend field trips, and youth could be part of the very first AALEAD MD Middle School Youth Council. In the next week, Keo and I will continue to hold these lunch informational sessions for the rest of our Middle Schools and we’re very excited to meet new faces and reunite with our current youth!
As the week of September 30 rolls around, I am anxious to start the program and get our AALEAD Middle School youth excited for the school year. Like last year’s program and even recently with AALEAD’s Summer Fusion Program, I hope our youth start the program year with high energy, enthusiasm, and are overall excited to be part of the AALEAD family!
AALEAD’s Loiederman Middle School After-School Program from last year!