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…We never know the love of our parents until we become parents ourselves. My parents are the dearest people in my life because they are the reason for my presence in this life. I love my father. I love my mother. I pray every time to go back to Palestine because I need to kiss their hands and sit with them. I really miss my parents. …

That was part of the winning caption from a 105 student Aamer Shariaa. An honest and direct expression of how he felt.

So there is much hype about Mother’s Day in May followed by Father’s Day in June, but many are unaware that May 15 is International Day of Families. It is an occasion to celebrate the importance of families to people, societies and cultures around the world. ELS Kuala Lumpur centre naturally capitalized on this theme for the month of May.

The day started on a very energetic note despite the damp weather outside with a classroom treasure hunt game. Students were given a card each and they had to go and hunt for a complete set of families. Minutes later, there were students on both floors, blocking the tiny hallways, weaving in and out of classrooms to collect a complete set of cards. Small tokens were given out to winners. The graduation ceremony later saw exit level students exercising their rhetorical, singing, choral speaking and acting abilities. Their skits were nothing short of an impressive performance which generated much laughter, cheers and applause from the audience. It showcased raw acting, singing and public speaking talents in English language. Eventually, the time came when the certificates were handed out to students by the respective teachers. Individual prizes were also given out to the best student from each graduating level. There were more cheers and continuous applause. The teachers and the students had lots of fun and it brought much sunshine to an otherwise muted day.