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Happy Holidays to you and yours! We wish you joy and peace during this special time of year. The children are enjoying special events due in part to your generous contributions and support. 

We can’t thank you enough for your generosity now,
and over the past 15 years!

As we celebrated B2L’s 15th anniversary this fall, Bob Mac Murdo dug into the records and found the following remarkable achievements:

$1.5 million raised!

2 Schools built — a middle school AND an elementary school!

And our favorite number: 1,000 years of education sponsored for impoverished kids in Vietnam!

We could not have done it without you!

To date, we have 408 individual donors (or couples) and 160 sponsors. Fifteen of the sponsors have been with B2L since the beginning! Along with countless volunteers! 

While it’s easy to focus on the monetary contributions, we also recognize other invaluable ways you support B2L:
  • Spreading the word to others, and encouraging their involvement; 

  • Words of encouragement to B2L founders, staff, volunteers, and board members, and to the teachers and staff at the schools;

  • Attending events, and fundraisers such as Jerri and Bob’s garage sale, the golf tournament, wine tastings, galas, chef and founders dinners;

  • Sponsors sending notes, and maybe a small gift to their child;

  • Donating goods and services, or soliciting donations from others for our events;

  • Making connections with Anh Linh school for volunteers to provide local support;

  • Applying for company matching gifts;

  • Informing us of grant opportunities;

  • The list goes on and on!

The bottom line is we are so very thankful for YOUR generosity! 

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In this newsletter, we have a lot of updates: 

Vietnamese Gala
Wine Tasting & 15th Anniversary Celebration 
Autumn at Anh Linh School
Viet Anh Primary School Update
Tet “Li xi”, or Lucky Money
Logo Change

 

2019 Vietnamese Gala Update!

It was one fabulous night! It was cold outside, but the dance floor was hot! Great singers, musicians, and lots of fun!

Bidding on wonderful silent auction items, a raffle for a beautiful diamond pendant and donations resulted in over $20,000 dollars raised for Bridges to Learning, and most importantly, for the impoverished children in Vietnam.

Thank you to everyone who braved the cold and came out to support the kids. And many thanks to our many event sponsors and our very hard-working volunteers who made the event a HUGE success. 

A huge thank you goes to the event committee of Tyanne Ly Chuong, Mydung Cong, Myhang Cong, and Linh Phan for their many hours of work in organizing this special event. ,

A VERY special thank you to John Sorich at Diamonds Direct in Edina, Minnesota for donating the exquisite pendant for the raffle, and his long time support of Bridges to Learning

Go to our home page for a full list of event donors. Support their businesses as they support B2L!  

There were tons of selfies and photos with friends at the gala, but unfortunately we don’t have any to share. If anyone has photos from the night, please send them toinfo@bridges2learning.org .

 

Wine Tasting & 15th Anniversary Celebration

What a great night! Thank you to everyone who turned out for the event, as well as silent auction donors, sponsors, dinner hosts, and volunteers. Excellent wine was the center of the evening, along with helpful answers to “dumb” wine questions provided by Joe Kotnik, but the highlight was celebrating 15 years of accomplishments. 

Over $7,000 was raised to support Bridges to Learning as we fulfill our mission to help the children in Vietnam who desperately need our help. 

A special thank you goes to

  • Joe and Kate Campo from South Lyndale Liquors;

  • Joe Kotnik from Worldwide Cellars and Rootstock Wine Co. 

We’d also like to thank Scott Pikovsky from Great Ciao, and Joe Skifter from Open Book for their help in making the event a success!

   

 

School News

Autumn at Anh Linh School!

The school year kicked off with a busy start as the children and teachers enjoyed the expansion, and renovation of the middle school building. Space is a very limited resource in Saigon. The building is arranged better for education, and the kids have additional safe space for exercise and play.

Thanks to a recent grant from the RCF Foundation of $4,500 the library will be stocked with additional books, educational games and furnishings.  

    

Mid Autumn festival is always a highlight for everyone. The children and teachers enjoyed a wide range of entertainment, provided by local volunteers.  

  

Teachers Day was celebrated this fall with a couple days of events and recognition for the teachers. The first day was during the week as Anh Linh students wrote poems, offered small gifts or flowers, and performed dances and songs for their teachers. Former students returned to Anh Linh school on a Saturday to honor the teachers who changed their lives. Here are a couple of our favorite photos.

   

 
 
 
Viet Anh Primary School Newsletter!

The Viet Anh Primary School is off to a strong start this year, with classes and special activities such as celebrating Teachers Day and Mid Autumn Festival. Another treat for them are their five ukeleles!
As they wrote on their facebook page (via Google translate), “We only have 5 ukuleles, not enough for all the kids, but it’s enough to inspire kids to love music. Every day, after school time, the children rejoice in experiencing the ukulele. Music helps them train their concentration, patience and bring them joy.”

      
To get a taste of life of some of the children who attend the school, here are a few photos of the roads leading to a child’s home who attends the Viet Anh Primary School, and of his home.

    

Here are a few photos of reading time at the school:

  

 

Tet “Li xi” or “Lucky Money”!
Tet, the Lunar New Year celebration, will be celebrated on January 25th in 2020. An integral part of Tet is “Li xi”, or “Lucky Money”. New, crisp money is distributed by elders and adults to children in new, little red envelopes, symbolizing good luck, longevity and prosperity. The amount of money is small, but as you can imagine, the children love receiving the envelopes. A donor has generously contributed $200 to go to the children for Tet in 2020. If you are interested in contributing to the fund, please click here , and note “Tet” or “lucky money” in the comment section. Or, send a check to Bridges to Learning (address below). Please send donations by January 15th, so we can transfer the funds to the school for distribution. No gift is too small, $20 provides $4 for 5 children! 

 
Thank You!
Thank you for your support of Bridges to Learning and the kids in Vietnam. 
For more information about Bridges to Learning,
please go to www.bridges2learning.org, or
contact us at info@bridges2learning.org .
 
Logo Change!
You might have noticed a new logo popping up at events, or at the top of this newsletter. Thanks to a grant from the Hubbard Foundation, we have updated the logo, and are in the process of updating the website. We are striving to make both compatible with changing technology. 
While the logo is changing B2L’s mission remains the same:
Bridges to Learning provides education, health and social development programs to empower impoverished Vietnamese children to change their world.”

      

Keep up-to-date on the schools and Bridges to Learning on Facebook and Instagram, as well as the website.

Please visit, “like”, and “follow” our new Facebook page. Due to a glitch, or two, we have started a new page. Find info and updates about the school and Bridges to Learning.  You can find us at: https://www.facebook.com/bridgestwolearning

We are on instagram too! Find the latest and greatest by following “bridges2learning” on Instagram.

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