November 27, 2013 in Uncategorized
In popular culture, the number ‘one hundred’ can evoke many different things. If you’re a singer, you may have memories of singing One Hundred Bottles of Beer on the Wall. For new parents, they could be celebrating their newborn’s hundredth day. This tradition originated from old times when mortality rates were high and the fact that their newborn could survive the mythical one hundred days, meant that the child escaped the danger zone that many parents feared. For students, perhaps it’s in their wildest dreams that they would score one hundred percent on their exam. And for new lovers, many celebrate their hundredth day together.
For SVCC, the current fall semester marks our hundredth session anniversary. Originally found by Rita Chow and Father Firth, we began small as an English as a Second Language program back in 1980. We’re proud to say that we’ve expanded into a total of seven language offerings this semester. They include English, Mandarin, Korean, Cantonese, Japanese, French, and newly added Spanish.
We would like to extend a sincere thank you to all our dedicated volunteers throughout the years. This may sound cliché, but none of the sessions would have been possible without the commitment of our volunteers. To our participants (past, present or future!), thank you for coming out to our sessions week after week. We hope to have helped you on your journey towards experiencing a new language and culture.
It is our hopes that by learning a new language, people are able to experience new cultures, music, food, and friends, so Bonne Fête SVCC! Happy 100th session birthday. We look forward to the day when we can celebrate our 200th session.
Cheers to another great semester!