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I just want to thank you for your article in last Thursday's paper regarding the Southeast Alaska World Language Festival. As reported in your news story, the festival has been around a long time and was, as usual, a great success. Students studying French, Spanish, Russian, and Japanese had a grand time and made excellent progress with their language skills. Juneau teachers worked their derrieres off organizing the festival, visiting teachers had the extra load of bringing students, and all of us planned and presented a variety of immersion workshops.
Many community volunteers helped make our scavenger hunts fun and challenging, and parents hosted out-of-town students, including providing transportation to and from the airport. This is the kind of activity that typically does not draw the spotlight, and I sincerely appreciate you taking the time to do the article. Positive articles like this are just what everyone needs right now, with everything else we have to worry about in the news. And as teachers, we always appreciate any plug you can give a program that benefits our fantastic students.