Last Tuesday A.C.E. and SPU Mentor Language Students hosted an Open House/International Potluck Event in Ashton Hall on the SPU campus.
The event was an amazing success! A.C.E. Students brought food from all over the world – from Kim Chi Pancakes (Korea) to Sushi (Japan) to Arabic coffee and sweets. Kara and Kate prepared turkey, stuffing, and corn muffins while SPU Language Partners brought an array of traditional Thanksgiving plates. Mashed potatoes, gravy, green bean casserole, pumpkin pies, stuffing, cranberries, and rolls graced our colorfully decorated fall tables.
After we were all stuffed from the wonderful meal, Haitham, Yukako, Yan, Abdulrahman, and Mohammed shared stories of fall festivals and traditions within their families. We also chose November 16th to celebrate, since it was also Eid-al-Adha. This way, our Muslim students were able to share what the special holiday meant to them.
Later on we shared what we were thankful for in our lives. Some students shared very deeply, personal stories and we all felt very much honored to hear them! We wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with their hosts, friends, and families.