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Celebrate the Queen’s 94th Birthday and Help Support the English-Speaking Union

You can celebrate the Queen's Birthday and support the ESU by posting a creative photo of you hosting a tea party on Facebook or Instagram (even a party of one) and a short birthday greeting to the Queen! For every photo posted on  Facebook or Instagram, President Dr. Quinn Peeper and Chairman Dr. Paul Beresford-Hill will each donate $100 per entry for the first 100 entries! This means that each post with #esuteadrive donates $200 to the ESU!  We are grateful to Quinn and Paul for their support at this time. Please help us raise much-needed funds to support our programs and students.

  1. Photos should be in high resolution and include a short birthday greeting to the Queen
  2. Posts should include hashtag #esuteadrive
  3. Photos should be creative with a tea party theme yet keeping social distancing in mind
  4. Please feel free to submit 3 photos per entry
  5. Contest will close on Monday, June 1st. The winner will be selected by Saturday, June 13th. The winning photo and message to the Queen will be sent to Buckingham Palace at that time.
  6. A selection of photos will appear in the ESU's Centennial Remembrance Album scheduled for release at the end of 2020
  7. Winner will receive an Amazon gift card

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Announcing: The 2020 ESU National Shakespeare Competition Finalists

The moment you've waited for is here!

Before we announce the finalists, we would like to thank each and every one of our participating ESU branches and their coordinators for their tireless support of this competition. We congratulate every teacher and family member who helped a student participate. We thank you, our students, for brightening our days by sharing your love of Shakespeare with us all.

Please join us in congratulating the ten 2020 ESU National Shakespeare Competition finalists (in order of performance):

7. Jordyn Jenkins, Kentucky Branch

18. Julia Kolinski, Monmouth County Branch

20. Max Mester, Philadelphia Branch

25. Ava Blum, Washington D.C. Branch

29. Hayden Mays, Austin Branch

35. Sofie Berg, Denver Branch

37. Adina Cazacu De Luca, St. Louis Branch

40. Adam Wilson, Charlottesville Branch

45. Kaia Williams, Memphis Branch

47. Sheridan Mirador, Kansas City Branch

Information about the finals will be sent out next week to finalists, their parents, teachers and Branch Coordinators.

Information about how to watch the finals will also be announced next week.

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Thank You to All Our Volunteers in English in Action!

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April 19-25 is Volunteer Recognition Week! We salute all of our volunteer tutors, unit directors and partner organizations and thank you for your dedication to the English in Action program. Your compassion is at the heart of every session. You create a welcoming environment for our students to improve and build their confidence in the English language.

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ESU Immigrant Programs Respond to COVID-19

The challenges presented by the global health crisis have strengthened our commitment to better serve New York's communities of immigrants, asylum seekers and refugees. The ESU Immigrant Programs team has been hard at work adapting our education programs to online formats. We are excited to share some of these new initiatives! 

This has been an uncertain time, but it has also been a period of creativity, collaboration and innovation. Our community is resilient, and we are certain that we will get through this by working together.   

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Happy Immigrant Heritage Week!

Immigrant Heritage Week is an annual celebration of the unique contributions and diverse cultures of immigrant communities in New York City. It is a chance to recognize the many immigrants, past and present, who have contributed their talents, skills and hard work to our city and country. In light of the current health crisis, we honor the immigrants in New York City who comprise more than 50% of this city's front-line essential workforce. They are the heroes who make us stronger.

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