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Week Eight: AMASEing Moments

 

As the end of October draws near, it is quite strange to think that the first session of AMASE was only in September, which already feels eons away.

So many things have happened from the end of August to now, the short time frame since summer. In some cases, those were good things. In other cases, bad things. Happy things. Sad things.

But what they all have in common is that they work together for an unimaginable good – God’s good plan. Without Him, there would be no purpose in live, no desire to serve others.

And so life must go on. Though it may be dreary at times, it is still a precious gift. And in the gift we can find some amazing moments.

Student Caroline enjoys playing limbo.

Student Caroline enjoys playing limbo.

Art volunteer Jeffrey Hsu works on a collaborative mural project.

Art volunteer Jeffrey Hsu works on a collaborative mural project.

Students Joshua and Christina learn together in Korean class.

Students Joshua and Christina learn together in Korean class.

Student Jeremy works on a project with his buddy.

Student Jeremy works on a project with his buddy.

Student Joon reaches out - for multiple high-fives.

Student Joon reaches out – for multiple high-fives.

Student Ansley leads a group game.

Student Ansley leads a group game.

Students learn piano from professionals and volunteers.

Students learn piano from professionals and volunteers.

Student Thomas learns how to play musical sticks.

Student Thomas learns how to play musical sticks.

Student Taejin and volunteer Jun Seo learn together.

Student Taejin and volunteer Jun Seo learn together.

AMASE is a family that will reach around the world.

AMASE is a family that will reach around the world.

Thank you for your help in making AMASE possible, and stay tuned each week for more AMASE-ing updates!

Week Seven: Movie Night

AMASE began last week’s session by line dancing again.

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Student Joshua Jun leads with this opening dance move.

Students and volunteers paired up together to lead everyone in the dance.

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Volunteer Ohkun Kwon and student Alan Lee clap hands.

Student Caroline Tangney mirrors the dance action.

Student Caroline Tangney mirrors the dance action.

Afterwards, students, volunteers, and teachers went to their classes to prepare for upcoming concerts.

Student Bailey and volunteer Huigon learn how to play the drums.

Student Bailey and volunteer Huigon learn how to play the drums.

Student Ansley and volunteer Scott practice a Christmas piece.

Student Ansley and volunteer Scott practice a Christmas piece.

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Afterwards, AMASE families got together to watch Dreamworks Animation’s The Croods, a fun movie about a caveman family who must escape to Tomorrow.

Student Claire gets ready for the movie with her pizza.

Student Claire gets ready for the movie with her pizza.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week Six: Fire Drills, Line Dancing, and an Invitation

On Friday, the 11th of October, AMASE held their annual fire drill to make sure that students, volunteers, and staff are prepared in case of a fire emergency.

With the fire drill being during the transition between the art class and the music meeting, everything went smoothly. Students and volunteers lined up according to their classrooms as teachers stood at the heads of the lines.

Afterwards, everyone heading inside the gym – to start line dancing!

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Sophia Shatas, a junior at the Harker School, taught students and volunteers how to do a simple line dance. Everyone lined up into two circles, one within the other, and giggled as they clapped hands, touched toes, slid to the right – and bumped into one another.

After the fun music ended, volunteers took their buddies to their music classrooms to learn, practice, and prepare songs for the Christmas concert.

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This upcoming Friday, October 18th, everyone is invited to AMASE’s Movie Night at 7:30 PM at Valley Church. Please bring your pillow and blanket, and RSVP at Evite by Wednesday, October 16th so that we know how much popcorn and pizza to bring!

Hope to see you all there!

Week Five

The fifth week of AMASE was another great experience!

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Students worked very hard with the help of their volunteer buddies in their classrooms.

Art volunteers instructed their students in creating mixed media pieces.

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They also drew sketches.

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Meanwhile, music volunteers helped their buddies learn new pieces for the upcoming Christmas Concert.

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Students in all classes worked very hard to learn their pieces, both individually and in groups.

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We are all enjoying ourselves as we practice hard and learn new things together in Christ.

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We hope that you will all continue to support us in our every endeavor! Thank you all.

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Week Four

Another week, another AMASE-ing Friday.

Students, volunteers, and teachers gathered again on September 27th for already the fourth session of AMASE.

AMASE volunteer leaders meet after the session to discuss what happened during their classes and with their students.

AMASE volunteer leaders meet after the session to discuss what happened during their classes and with their students.

This week, several volunteers were interviewed about their AMASE experience.

One of the first interviewees was Jiwan Kang, a junior at Lynbrook High School. Jiwan started volunteering at AMASE about three years ago.

Volunteer Jiwan Kang, left, with student Eugene, right.

Volunteer Jiwan Kang, left, with student Eugene, right.

He says that his main reason for volunteering was that he decided to tag along with his mother, an AMASE teacher, because he didn’t have anything else to do.

Jiwan now helps his buddy David Im learn and apply art skills to make creative and artistic works. He says that although it’s difficult to help David when he doesn’t want to listen, it also helps Jiwan develop patience.

Sarah Park, also a junior at Lynbrook, joined AMASE a year ago. She wanted to apply her art skills, and found teaching children at AMASE to be the right environment.

Volunteer Sarah Park at AMASE volunteer hangout.

Volunteer Sarah Park at AMASE volunteer hangout.

Her buddies are Sophia Cho and Dael, and she helps the two young children learn basic art skills while having fun with different canvases and materials.

Sarah wants to learn more teaching skills from being at AMASE. She enjoys helping her buddies learn and wants to continue teaching others through what she learns during her AMASE experience.

Hyejin Ahn, a junior at Gunn High School, started volunteering at AMASE two years ago.

Volunteer Hyejin Ahn, on right, with student Joon, center left.

Volunteer Hyejin Ahn, on right, with student Joon, center left.

She wanted to do something art-related, and found that AMASE needed art volunteers to help with the students’ art classes.

Hyejin volunteers with the Matisse class, which is geared toward younger students and the children of AMASE teachers. Her buddy is Lucas Wong, and she says that although it can be tiring to work with energetic and rambunctious kids, she learns a lot from them and feels happy when she is with them.

Samantha Ratanavipupong, also a junior at Gunn, came to AMASE about a year ago. When asked why, she replies that Hyejin told her that she should join.

Volunteer Samantha Ratanavipupong, left, with student Gina, right.

Volunteer Samantha Ratanavipupong, left, with student Gina, right.

Samantha wants to gain teaching skills and to learn how to take care of children during her time at AMASE. She is in charge of five buddies who rotate between her and several other volunteers throughout the year. Last week, her buddy was Gina Kim.

She says that it can be very exhausting to have to look after many young kids (Samantha is also part of the Matisse class), but in the end it’s worth the good feeling she gets from working with them and teaching them art.

 

 

Week Three

On Friday, September 20th, AMASE held another great session. Students gathered in their classrooms to learn new art and music skills.

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Joseph Choe is helped by Teacher Janelle Korea.

Students learn different art styles every week,

Students learn different art styles every week.

Students, volunteers, and teachers are ready for a great fall semester!

 

Week Two

On Friday, September 13th, AMASE held their second class of the 2013 fall semester.

In the Matisse art class, students used watercolors to create vibrant pictures.

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In the Monet art class, students traced their hands and colored the tracings.

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In the Chagall art class, students sketched with pencils and learned about the color wheel.

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Younger students interacted with creative toys.

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