On the other side of an ELL Program

I was an English Language Learner (ELL) when my family moved to the United States when I was six years old. I had English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers that I worked with for years, and to this day I am thankful for what they did for me. I would not have been able…

Al-Bustan Camp: An Adventure!

Last Friday was the end of Al-Bustan Camp. We concluded the program with a great showcase. The campers, with the help of teachers and counselors, showcased what they’ve learned in the two weeks at camp.

Playing and Learning at America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far

My name is Aimee Knaus and I’m Al-Bustan’s Marketing & Events Coordinator. I get to observe or participate in most of our events and programs, so if Elias, our Programs Coordinator, ever needs help at Al-Bustan’s Arab Arts After-School Program at Moffet Elementary, I’m happy to step in.

Moffet Arab Arts Program: Behind The Scenes

At this December’s Holiday Concert at Moffett Elementary, the students in Al-Bustan’s Moffet Arab Arts Program showed off all their hard work from the Fall semester.

ت is for تبادل | Discovering Dialogue in Thomas Paine Plaza

The first was a woman—I’ll call her “I.”. She was clearly interested in the artwork, staring intently at one of the 26 banners that adorn the Philadelphia Municipal Services Building. “There’s a caption at your feet, too,” I offered, pointing to the accompanying letter and definitions, written by the Northeast High School students who had…