Updates & Stories

October 3, 2014


One of the joys of being a part of a school that has been around for more than five years is getting to witness the cycle of former students returning to help other families. Two years ago, Hawa Mohamed attended the ESOL program with her twin sons Maged and Magdi, who were in the preschool room. Conscientious students with perfect attendance, Hawa and her sons eventually "graduated" from our program in 2013 and Hawa went on to take additional English classes at the Technical College. Two years after...

May 1, 2014


For two years now, Refugee Family Literacy Program has benefited from a warm and welcomed partnership with students from the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University. As part of their Community Health rotation, eight students, supervised by Professor Elizabeth Downes, spend 10 hours each week at our school. In addition to engaging children and stimulating their development in classrooms, they make educational presentations to our adult students and conduct on-site children's healt...

February 28, 2014

Lots of "firsts" happen at Refugee Family Literacy Program: First time a child goes to school, first time a woman writes her name, first friend made in a new country. Last week many of our students experienced another first. For some of our women and children, it was their first time seeing snow. It was an exciting day.


December 15, 2013

As teachers at Mommy & Me, we never know what we'll discuss each day when we walk into our classroom. Maybe a discussion about Thanksgiving Day will turn into a geography lesson about the Bering Strait, or a moral/philosophical discussion about how people treat the "outsider" in America and students' home countries. The one guarantee in teaching this group of phenomenal women is that each day we will leave feeling challenged and stretched. In some ways we are not very different from our students who...

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