Thursday, December 20, 2012

So Proud of Our Angie!

Check out this great video on Angie Harris, the brains behind ESL to Go, and her motivation for starting the program.

Lyle Jackson created this beautiful video for Vanderbilt's Peabody College, where Angie earned her master's degree. He hopes this will get her a spot on the Ellen show! What do you think?

Monday, December 10, 2012

We Ordered the Truck Party

Since our last post in August (has it really been that long?), the ESL to Go team received the entire amount of money needed to purchase our dream mobile classroom!

Thanks to many individual donors combined with three incredibly generous grants from local foundations, our concept will hit the road as a reality in April, 2013.

Last Thursday, friends, community partners, ESL to Go supporters, and beer lovers all came together at Fat Bottom Brewing  for our "we ordered the truck party". The beer masters of Fat Bottom generously donated $1 from each drink poured to ESL to Go. Thanks to the great turnout, over 275 beers were sold.

Beyond chatting over beverages, the ESL to Go team hosted a Refugee Trivia Quiz. Thirteen teams of four participated. The winning team not only took home bragging rights, but they also snatched up gift certificates generously donated by some of Nashville's most delicious restaurants.

Teams represented various local nonprofits and educational institutions across the city. Catholic Charities Refugee Services swept the winnings, with their two teams coming in both first and second place.

ESL to Go staff with Refugee Trivia Quiz Team Captains
Members of the winning team, "Team Awesome", during the quiz
Our crowd anxiously awaiting the announcement of the winning team

We were so humbled and grateful to see so many wonderful people who serve to the refugee and immigrant community in Nashville come together in support of ESL to Go. We're truly privileged to be part of this community.