NEW & NOTEWORTHY EUROPEAN REUNION Colorado host mom and volunteer Tara Hancock was able to spend the December holidays, including her birthday, in Europe. She traveled to Switzerland and was able to meet up with four of her five exchange daughters. Pictured here are: Camille, Florence, “Mama T”, Rachel and Laura IN THE BIG HOUSE INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS RUN MUTT STRUT YFU students sport their medals won during the 2K and 5K Run as part of the 4th Annual California Council of the Blind Mutt Strut. Photo courtesy of Debi Martin WESTSHORE GIVING BACK YFU volunteer, alumna, and host mom Karen Saito tests her punting skills at the Big House. On a cool, misty morning, 46 students, volunteers, host families and staff met at the University of Michigan’s “Big House” for a tour of the largest stadium in the U.S. They sat in the press boxes and private suites, rawn down the tunnel from the locker room, and tossed a football on the field. A big thanks to Saito, who organized the event. 32 | The Light • YFU YFU volunteers Jennifer and Jason Rysdyk helped organize a day of volunteering at the Feeding America food truck in Grand Rapids, MI. International students from Vietnam, Germany, Indonesia, Finland, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, China, South Korea, Turkey and Kyrgyz Republic gave back to their community by participating.