On the Importance of Family


Al-Bustan Camp went by in an instant, one brief and sweltering moment of drumming, Arabic, geometric patterns and soccer in 100-degree heat. Now, a few days after the final performance, I’ve had the time to reflect more deeply on what these two weeks, and this past year, have taught me.

I’ve learned so much from our incredible teachers and from the children who bring such kindness, curiosity, and intelligence to our educational programs. I cannot speak their praises enough, but, to be honest, I expected great things from both groups going into this year.

At our Moffet Arab Arts After-School Program, our community percussion ensemble, and at Al-Bustan Camp, the biggest surprise was the dedication and the support of the families who entrusted their children to Al-Bustan. My appreciation grew steadily throughout the year as I noticed countless moments of care and love.

It is a truism to say that…

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