Holiday Party is a Massive Multicultural Feast

Scenes from the annual Holiday Party at International Learning Center – a massive multicultural feast of food, music, friendship!

Performances included a tribute to Woody Guthrie (with support from Paul Cebar); four-part harmonies from Karen singers; elders from Burma, China, and Congo shaking it up; a Burmese beauty queen reminding us of the value of learning; traditional carols sung by people from many nations; and pre-schoolers showing off their ABCs.

Special thanks to instructor Jean Richie and the good folk of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Germantown whose Giving Tree provided Christmas gifts for all; Susan and Mary Maronek whose constant flow of donated clothing has helped many a newcomer stay warm in these Milwaukee winters; and to the thirty-five volunteers who tutored English and citizenship.

A shout-out to guests from the resettlement community: Deb Rakowski, Claire Reuning, Natasa Torbica, Craig Stone, Valerie, Joann… the list goes on!

LISTEN TO ILC STUDENTS on Radio 88.9 – a big thanks to Dori Zori for posting this great radio story about the big dreams, hard work, and English under construction at International Learning Center!


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