Message from the President
Dear Colonial NC Branch Members and Friends,
July 1st marked the beginning of another exciting year for the Colonial NC Branch and, as the newly elected President, I am excited to relate, the monthly programs, events and outreach programs scheduled to-date for 2020/21, are diverse and promote the organization's mission to utilize English as a catalyst to foster global understanding by providing educational and cultural opportunities for members, students and educators. Although the pandemic required the cancellation of three-monthly programs this past year, we made the decision to schedule speakers for monthly programs beginning in September, in hopes this crisis will no longer be a threat to open meetings. However, if cancellations are required, members and guests will be notified.
On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am taking this opportunity to extend appreciation and thanks to our many Colonial NC Branch members and friends for your on-going support and enthusiasm and we look forward to seeing you at our many events and programs.
Elinor Kelly Wilson
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Ruay Htoo, Recipient of First Annual Colonial NC Branch, ESL Award of Merit
The local Colonial NC Branch of the English Speaking Union is pleased to announce Ruay Htoo, a 5th grader at A.H. Bangert Elementary School is the recipient of their first ESL Award of Merit for his outstanding achievement of mastering English and becoming an excellent student since his family moved to New Bern as refugees from Burma in 2015.
As an advocate for local literacy programs, the Colonial NC Branch invited teachers in the Craven County Schools, English Second Language (ESL) Program, to annually select an outstanding student based on their determination and growth in becoming proficient in the English language, excelling in their studies and embracing the American culture.
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