|Standing in front of the new terminal on the day of our opening.|
Once we got to Panevėžys, we were able to meet with members of our Alumni Association to discuss English teaching methods and camps. We met with several educators ranging from those who teach very young students to those who teach graduate-level classes. We discussed their ideas of helpful methods of teaching English, what they may be lacking, and what students and teachers could benefit from. There was a consensus that both students and teachers alike need a more active surrounding of English speakers, and to be forced to have to use the language. We discussed Fulbright scholars from America and their ability to assist in this, as well as Fulbright opportunities for Lithuanians to travel to the United States.
|Meeting with members of the Alumni Association, mainly English teachers of all levels.|
Our final stop was the goal of the day, opening Pažink Ameriką. We were greeted by about 20 schoolchildren armed with balloons and tiny American Flags. I thought they were adorable and was happy that they would be the next generation Discovering America through the use of the terminal we were there to present. It was an even more pleseant surprise when they all got up and started signing and dancing to songs such as "If You're Happy and You Know It", and even a traditional and popular Lithunian song. It was certainly the greatest act of gratitude I have ever seen, or been on the recieving end of! I will certainly never forget these awesome kids, Cicinskas, and Panevėžys!
|Schoolchildren in Panevėžys showing their gradtitude for Pažink Ameriką|