Many thanks to Dona Ruderrow Sturn of the JNP Project located in Annapolis. She graciously hosted our au pairs this past week for coffee and introduced us to her amazing children’s adventure book series geared to empower our children to build character, courage and confidence. Her children’s books can be found in 17 countries worldwide (http://thejnpproject.com/where-in-the-world-is-jnp/) and a number of states in the USA. What a great honor it was to be able to spend time with this amazing author, illustrator and creator of these fantastic books geared towards children ages 5 to 12+! We look forward to the next time when we will begin to read, do activities with our children related to the story and delve into the adventure ahead! Please visit the JNP Project website to learn more about our wonderful time together! http://thejnpproject.com/2015-june-22-jnp-hosts-au-pair-in…/
Once a year our three clusters, Annapolis, Baltimore and Columbia, come together for our annual host family event, which is one of the State Department’s requirements for participation in the program. While total attendance is still a goal we hope to reach each year, we were very pleased to see all the happy families enjoying this year’s Cultural Fair for host families and au pairs. The venue was EcoAdventures (http://www.ecoadventures.org/) in Millersville, a hands on educational facility that captured everyone’s’ interest. The children were able to touch the animals, with appropriate precautions taken, while they learned about the animals in the Rain Forest room. The adults enjoyed that also! Au Pairs from around the world were stationed at tables with fun information about their countries and children were able to get a passport that they could take to the different tables and get stickers from the different countries. The icing on the cake was the food they brought from their native cuisine, which filled two table tops. Food is always a great way to share culture.
We hope to see even more host families next year!