Afghan teacher to speak in Elk Rapids

FazalRabaniStudents and educators are invited to hear teacher Fazal Rabani from Afghanistan speak Tuesday evening November 9, 2010, 6:45 p.m., in the Historic Elk Rapids Town Hall.  The program is free of charge as part of the weekly Elk Rapids Rotary Club meeting.  RSVPs for the 6:45 p.m. program are requested by Monday night November 8 to Rotarian Norm Veliquette, normarvel@aol.com, or at 264-5254.  

Visitors are welcome for the 6:00 p.m. Rotary dinner @ $11.75, but  RSVPs must be made by Friday November 5  with Julia Amos, julia-pa@live.com.  

Recap 
6:00 p.m. dinner is $11.75.  
Program is free at 6:45. 
Please RSVP in either case.

Fazal will also come to Elk Rapids High School to address a group students on Wednesday, November 11 at 8:00 a.m.

CONTACTS
Norm Veliquette, Rotarian and host of Fazal, normarvel@aol.com, or at 264-5254
Mike Travis, ERHS Principal – mtravis@elkrapids.k12.mi.us or 231-264-8108

Fazal Rabani was born in 1972 in a remote village of Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan.  War started around his village when he was seven. His family escaped to Pakistan where, for eight years, Fazal attended school in a refugee camp  in the mornings, while working afternoons to help support his family. He attended high school in another refugee camp and graduated in 1990.  After becoming an English teacher, he was selected as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar to study in the United States.  In August 2009, he left behind his parents, six children and a wife, two brothers and three sisters and arrived in Grand Rapids, Michigan .  He entered Grand Valley State University’s TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Program  and will obtain his master’s degree in December 2010.  He speaks at Rotary Club meetings and conventions in connection with his studies.  Schools and education, he says, are necessary factors in bringing peace to his country. 

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