100 Fun things to see and do in North Carolina!

This website is from the magazine “Our State,” which produces stories and articles about North Carolina. The website has a checklist of 100 N.C. icons – in other words, 100 things that North Carolina is famous for.  See how many of them you know!            http://www.ourstate.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/NC-Icons-Checklist.pdf

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Improve your computer skills – from basic to advanced

Do you want to get better at using computers?

Here are some sites that are very helpful:

1) The Goodwill Community Foundation (GCF) has many wonderful resources.


2) This video is a basic computer class for ESL students:

3) This website is from the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation). It uses British English, but has some very useful lessons.


Martin Luther King, Jr. “Day of Service” – 1/21/2013


This information was adapted from the website: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

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Every January, we celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a national holiday. This day is a perfect opportunity to honor Dr. King by serving your community – for all of us who live in the United States.  “Serving” means helping others and volunteering in your community.

To learn about some of the volunteer opportunities in your area, enter your address or Zipcode into this website. You can also search for specifics kinds of volunteer programs and events. http://www.allforgood.org/

Explore this website to learn more about MLK Day and how you can participate:  http://mlkday.gov/about/serveonkingday.php

Here are three links to get you started:

Why Serve on MLK Day?,      How Can I Serve?,       Learn About Dr. King

Video: What is means to be a U.S. citizen

Watch this great 12 min video called “A Promise of Freedom”.  It has English captions (words) at the bottom of the screen, so you can follow along.  The video is from the website of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. (USCIS)


Annual Raleigh Christmas Parade – Saturday Morning!

The Annual Raleigh Christmas Parade will take place in downtown Raleigh this Saturday morning, 11/19/11, starting at 9:40am.

The Parade is free, so get there early since the spaces fill up fast! Last year over 60,000 people came to watch! (Bring a folding chair if you’d like to sit .)

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If you’d rather watch at home, the Parade will be shown on WRAL (chanel 5) starting at 10am that morning.

This parade has been held every year for the past 66 years. It’s the biggest Christmas parade on the East Coast between Washington, D.C. and Atlanta.

For more info about the parade:


For additional information and a bit of history on the parade:


Tarheel of the Week: Our ESL Volunteer, Mary McLaurin!

Wake Tech’s own Mary McLaurin was featured in a News and Observer article this Sunday! Mary has been a volunteer in our ESL classes for over a decade (10 years), and she now helps teach a music class, with ESL instructor, Susan Ballard, to help students learn English through songs and songwriting.

You can find links to the article and to a video of Mary singing at our CHOC blog (click on the link in blue, below): Congratulations to Mary!

Several students have already congratulated Mary by commenting on this blog post. Hooray Mary!

“SPENT” – This free online game helps people understand what it’s like to be homeless in America.

From Urban Ministries of Durham, NC:

Challenge the way you think about poverty and homelessness in the United States.

Work hard. Do the right thing. “Homelessness is something that will never happen to me.”

Sometimes, all it takes is one life-changing experience to land you in trouble.

How would you cope? Where would you go? What would you do? Figure something out, right?

We invite you to take the challenge…Play SPENT ( http://playspent.org/)

Read more about it here: http://mashable.com/2011/02/08/spent-homeless-game/