By: Shaima Ahmad – VA High School Coordinator
Photos Courtesy of Shaima Ahmad
AALEADers at Annandale High held their First Annual AALEAD Holiday Party! Twenty two students attended and co-hosted the event. Although this is the first year of programs in Virginia, it was wonderful to see how quickly our youth had made a connection to the AALEAD family.
The afternoon started off with an array of global cuisine – Fried Rice, Tempura, Gulaab Jamaan and much more. A few of our youth baked some scrumptious goodies for all to share. After feasting and socializing the students were ready for some Karaoke! Our tech team set-up an elaborate A/V system, admired by all. The students took some time to warm up to the idea of singing in front of their peers, but soon the atmosphere became contagious. One by one the shyest of the shy, including myself, ventured up to the mic. The lead singers did an awesome job convincing the crowd and keeping the party alive.
All in all our students had a wonderful opportunity to bond with their AALEAD family and celebrate the holiday season. A huge shout out to all of those who helped make our holiday party a success! Wishing everyone a Joyous Holiday and a Happy New Year….Looking forward to 2015!