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A Look Back at 2020

Happy New Year! With 2020 coming to a close, we are thankful that despite an unprecedented pandemic, our organization was able to grow and safely participate in various activities. We would like to thank all our members, officers, and supporters who helped make it happen.

10th Anniversary

The beginning of the year marked the 10th anniversary of our wonderful organization. On February 1st, 2020, we held an event to celebrate this great milestone. Organized by our 2019 - 2020 officer board, the event consisted of various cultural and contemporary performances, catering, government proclamations recognizing REACH’s 10th anniversary and a running video of REACH alumni reflecting back on their time in REACH. We’d like to again thank you all for supporting our organization!

NAAAP Workshops

With many activities moving online, we were given a unique opportunity to participate in various leadership and mental health workshops hosted by NAAAP of Orlando. Our officers and members were able to learn more about mental health and self care, as well as, developing and honing various leadership skills. A big thank you to NAAAP of Orlando for giving us such an amazing opportunity.

Volunteering

This year, our organization partnered with The Sharing Center of Orlando. With various safety precautions like mask wearing and social distancing, our REACH volunteers were able to safely help and serve the community. Thank you to the Sharing Center and our volunteers for making it happen!

Dragonboat

Throughout 2020, our dragonboat team was able to work around the many challenges presented. During quarantine, they organized online practices. When restrictions were relaxed, they practiced in person with masks and reduced capacity. In December, our dragonboat team held 2 mini-races against each other. Thank you to Mr. C.K. for being our coach and steerer, Mrs. Pauline for organizing the logistics, and team captains Rebekah Joe, Emme Lee, and Alex Tao for leading the team, and each of our paddlers! REACH long!!

Toy Drive

The year 2020 brought a unique challenge to our REACH officers and members. With a majority of students attending school online, our officers and members had to find other ways to collect toys for our annual toy drive. Despite these challenges, our officers were able to collect over 80+ toys for the UAP Christmas Mall. Thank you to our officers and members for your hard work!

AAHC Scholarship

Even with the challenges that COVID-19 created, many students still partook in the annual Asian American Heritage Council (AAHC) Student Achiever Awards. On November 7, 2020, the ceremony took place on zoom, celebrating accomplishments in academics. community service and representation in culture of all students who applied. Some REACH members and officers were recognized for their accomplishments:

Essay Award

1st place - Rebekah Joe

3rd place - Kaylee Duong

4th place - Alexander Tao

Scholastic Award

10th grade, 3rd place - Rebekah Joe

11th grade, 1st place - Alexander Tao

12th grade, 3rd place - Alexander Lee

Preservation Award

Jiya Sishodia - REACH of Central Florida

Jerry He - YESS

Jiselle Lee - CAACF

Blog Updates

Representation in Media - Lucy Liu

By: Emme Lee

Bollywood

By: Alvin Abraham

"This Isn't Racist"

By: Kevin Nguyen and Minhanh Nguyen

Winter Holidays/Celebrations in Asia

By: Meira Lee and Allison Lunandy

Again, we thank you for your interest and support of our organization. We are thankful to have had these opportunities throughout 2020 and look forward to the coming year!

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