We departed Datong Friday morning and arrived in Beijing in time to see a traditional Chinese Kung Fu show that evening. This morning, Saturday, we were treated to a fantastic breakfast buffet then off to the Great Wall, followed by a traditional lunch then to the Pearl market for some serious shopping and bargaining for deals. Jewelry, Star wars toys and scarfs were the big hit. Well, and Dairy Queen, McDonalds and Starbucks too.
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Camp is officially over.
Last night we held our closing ceremony. Each class gave a presentation which showcased their English. Certificates were given to each student and awards were given to the best English speaker from each class. There were two special awards given to the best boy camp speaker and the best girl camp speaker. Each of these recipients gave a speech to the rest of the camp. Their speeches were quite eloquent!
This morning we said goodbye to our students as they were picked up by their families. It is always very emotional for the Chinese and the Americans to say goodbye.
Jana's class practicing closing.
Nick's class practicing Little red riding hood skit.
Karla's class practicing "Take me out to the ballgame"
Last nights practice for closing was over the top great. The teachers have challenged the students with their part in the program and they have met that challenge. Class individual programs will be first, then speeches by our 2 best students in camp, then all 135+ will sing "Lean on me" and "You raised me up". Our program starts at 4:00 here, so if you're up or reading this before you go to bed, we all would appreciate a lift.
Session 2 Team is ready to leave the USA tomorrow and head to Beijing!! I'm so excited to get over there and meet with my team. The first sessions are winding up their time and we are prepared for our time over there. I can't wait to see what adventures await. I will keep you all posted!
Pictures of our mentor group digital scavenger hunt. Dave Williams, Datong
Janet and her group with a couple of friends.
Michaels group and a new friend.
Jaden trying to find her group. :)
We are winding down here. Closing ceremony is close at hand. Best speakers have been chosen and awards are ready. It will be a busy day as we rehearse for our closing ceremony.
Last night was our Talent Show. We saw some amazing talent from our Chinese students. There was singing, dancing, poems, and a Kuai Ban presentation that mesmerized us all. The Americans presented two skits as well, which thoroughly entertained us all.
Tears have already begun with some of our students as the time for saying goodbye draws near. Keep those lifts going.
Today we are all working on our last lessons and practicing our closing ceremony. The school has said they are very proud and amazed at how well the students have learned so much in such a short time. After our evening activities, we (teachers), go out for a snack and enjoy the community. I was greeted by one of our students with her father, out for a late dinner. The student proceeded to carry on a conversation with me while her father, not understanding a word, smiled from ear to ear with pride for his daughter. We look forward to tomorrow to share their accomplishments., but sad our time is at an end.
The smiles and love we have seen and experience is great, but "I can only imagine" what the gate will look like when we reach it and the see the faces of those He has allowed us to touch in some way. Powerful!!
Continue to lift our camp and our work here. Dave
Hey family! Mom and Dad! I love you and can't believe camp is almost over! I love these kids SO much, it is so so fun! Love you! Frankye ps I bet the house is quiet!
Hey family and friends! I can't believe we are coming to the end of camp! We have made many friends. We will be sad to say good-bye! We love you all so much and will see you soon! Love Carol
Susan: It has been a great camp and one for the record books. Each of these 135+ souls have touched me in their own special way every day. Our host and her team are great and equally touched my heart. And the weather, well, today its sunny, low humidity and mid to low 70's with a light breeze. Oh the simple pleasures we take for granted. Love you and ready to see you. Dave
Pictures from Datong. Dave Williams
Our host Rebecca explaining the lotus field to Michael, Eric and others in our team.
Sara trying her skill at balancing dice at our games.
Nice catch, but the object of the game is to stick the marshmallow on her face.