January 2021
In this issue: Holiday Gifts Bring Smiles, Cobb EMC Community Foundation, 2021 LaAmistad Gala, LaAmistad Seeking Online Volunteers, Mystery Reader Delights Students, and more
Community Comes Together to Brighten Students' Holiday Season
LaAmistad's community of givers closed out 2020 by helping afterschool students have a happy holiday season. In a year when many families across the Metro Atlanta area struggled through lost jobs, reduced social interaction, and food insecurity, the LaAmistad family stepped up to ease parents' financial strain by supporting holiday gift giving efforts. Afterschool students at Peachtree Church, Shallowford Presbyterian Church, Clairmont Presbyterian Church and more were invited to drive through their home location for socially-distanced gift pickup.

Thank you to all of the individuals and organizations whose selflessness and generosity helped make this outpouring of holiday love possible. Scroll down to check out some of the gifts students received!
LaAmistad Awarded Grant by Cobb EMC Community Foundation
The Cobb EMC Community Foundation, a third-party foundation separate from Cobb EMC employees and directors, recently made a grant in support of LaAmistad's mission with funds from the Operation Roundup initiative. Funds will be used to further LaAmistad's efforts to provide transformative afterschool, ESL, and parent education offerings to the Latino and immigrant communities of Metro Atlanta.

Operation Round Up rounds up Cobb EMC bills to the nearest dollar to aid charitable and educational projects in local communities. All Cobb EMC members are automatically enrolled in Operation Round Up and will remain in the program until they request to be removed from it.
Volunteer Goes the Extra Mile for Students
The love and dedication of LaAmistad Afterschool volunteers never cease to amaze us. Beloved Peachtree Church volunteer Harriett Swennes has given over 1,700 hours of her time tutoring LaAmistad Afterschool students. In that time she has formed meaningful relationships with countless students, and continues to do so in LaAmistad Afterschool Online. This month, when her internet went down at home, she made a timely trip to the church to ensure that she and her mentee could proceed with their session. Thank you, Mrs. Harriett, for being an inspiration to us all.
Tickets and Sponsorships for LaAmistad Annual Gala Now Available!
Support our Heroes September 25th, 2021
An elegant evening of dinner, a silent auction, and celebrating community heroes is set for September 25th! Join us at the Four Seasons Hotel as we celebrate the amazing people making a difference in Atlanta's Latino community. Purchase your tickets and sponsorships below, and help us celebrate the heroes of our community!
Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta
September 25, 2021
Cocktail Reception: 6:30 pm
Dinner: 7:30 pm
LaAmistad ESL: Winter Session Registration Deadline Extended
The registration deadline for winter session of LaAmistad ESL Online has been extended.
For its last four sessions, LaAmistad ESL has proudly served students life-changing English fluency courses online via its ESL Virtual Classroom. Classes focus on daily English use, with an emphasis on words and phrases that help students better navigate life while learning a second language. Students must have internet access and a compatible device to participate. The last day to register for winter session 2021 is February 1st.
Interested in helping adult learners improve their English fluency and change their lives? There's still time to sign up to be a LaAmistad ESL volunteer teacher for the winter session. Use the button below to get involved!
LaAmistad Afterschool Seeking Online Volunteers
A few hours of your time each week can have a life-changing impact on students in need of support. LaAmistad is seeking volunteers who can offer elementary age homework help to local Latinx students online. Volunteers work alongside a staff teacher and parent liaison to help students achieve academic success. No Spanish or education experience required! It's a great way to start volunteering in the community, and makes an immeasurable difference in the lives of students. Use the button below to sign-up to be a LaAmistad Afterschool volunteer in 2021!
Mystery Reader Joins Centro Afterschool
This month, LaAmistad Afterschool students were joined by a special guest. Sara, a Lovett student, volunteered to be a mystery reader with Centro Catolico students during their group session. Thank you, Sara, for giving your time to help make Online Afterschool fun!

If you or someone you know would like to be a guest virtual Mystery Reader, we and our students would be very grateful! Please contact your home site if you are already serving with us. If you are not currently a volunteer but would like to be a virtual Mystery Reader, please email info@laamistadinc.org
Success Spotlight: Check Out the Holiday Gift Donations Students Received!
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