AWLC - The American Women's Literary Club 

learn, care, share  


Our Community Services Committee is always looking for new ways to do things and innovate. Instead of a contest this year, the students prepared a talent show with songs in English.  Our goal was to raise funds to finance a projector for the new classroom designated for English instruction.   

We are happy to report that thanks to the hard work of all AWLC members, the Community Services Committee, and all the contributions for our annual raffle, we were able to provide a projector for the English classroom at Fe y Alegria #33, a school whose enthusiasm for English grows with every year. The teachers and students have really appreciated our support, and FOUR of their students won full scholarships from the Ministerio de Educacion to take English classes at IPCNA and at the Britanico, with all materials included! 

The "blind drawing" for our raffle took place at 6pm on Wednesday, November 30 and prizes were delivered during our Annual Holiday Tea, on December 6th.  We thank Beverly Cisneros for the grand Prize, the handcrafted "Firefly Quilt", Rosmarie Boehm, Carol Updegrave, Cecilia Alderson, Gladys Russell, Otto Kunz, Country Home Farms and Markie Burch. 




The 4th Annual English Challenge Contest came to a close at the award ceremony on November 13th, and our quilt, inspired on an award winning design, was awarded during our 2015 December Holiday Tea.  

A celebration for the winners of the contest took place on Friday, November 13 at the school.  The winning projects were announced and the award ceremony was followed with munchies and refreshments. We are very thankful to those AWLC members who participated in making this event a reality and especially to those who supported this noble cause by purchasing raffle tickets.  


The Social Services committee and a group of teachers from the Fe y Alegria school in Ventanilla worked very hard to make the “English is the Key” competition a great success.

This year, all five grades of secondary school participated. As in previous occasions, small groups in each class produced recordings of original skits in English to illustrate the use of the grammar and vocabulary being studied in their grade. 

Their teachers chose the best recording in each of their classes, sent them to us and we picked the best recording for each grade. The award ceremony for the five winning skits took place at the school on November 14th. 

The day of the ceremony, a montage of all the entries was projected “Oscar style”, then the winning video projected for each grade. Winners received award certificates and an elegant USB in the shape of a key. Each finalist also received a certificate, and teachers received bookmarks to give to the other students in their classes who participated in the competition but were not finalists. The ceremony ended with a performance of the Beatles’ song “Let It Be” by a group of students from 5C (the same team that won for their grade level). Their teachers talked of going forward, following dreams, and the wish to “let it be” a reality for each of the dreams they work toward. You can enjoy a video of their performance on YouTube.

As is tradition, to finance the award ceremony (prizes, certificates, juice and cookies for all) we raffled a beautiful quilt--made by one of our talented members--and several surprise prizes.

Thank you to those who helped in planning and executing this worthwhile cause, including the Social Services committee,  AWLC members who made the quilt, donated the material and bought raffle tickets.


We conducted a Quilt Raffle for the Second Annual "English is the Key" English Challenge for the Fé y Alegria School No. 33 in Ventanilla, the scene of last year's successful "English is the Key:  What Doors Can it Open?" contest. 

To implement our goal of encouraging the development of literacy in Peru, this year, the Social Services Committee worked with three teachers from EnseñaPeru, who teach at the school.  Students from 18 classes in 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th grades used different mediums to show how "English is the Key" such as posters, descriptive writing, and videotaped skits developing vocabulary from their English classes. The theme at each grade level was presented by the teachers. 


The finalists were chosen by the teachers, and AWLC members determined the winners.  Participants received bookmarks while finalists received certificates and keychains.  The "winner of winners" group received USBs, in addition.  Classes received bilingual dictionaries and the event ended with a celebration of all participants on November 8th¡ 

Pictured below is the gorgeous quilt which was raffled to raise funds, during our December Holiday Tea! It is handmade and donated by our very talented Beverly Cisneros, whom we thank dearly!