In cooperation with the American Corner in Gdansk, the U.S. Embassy Warsaw’s Public Affairs Section donated hundreds of English language books to the middle school in the town of Trabki Wielkie in Pomorskie Voivodship south of Gdansk. The U.S. Department of Defense provided the books which were mostly young adult literature in order to help with learning English.
Deputy Press Attache Stephen Dreikorn represented the embassy, donating the books to the students and teachers. In addition, he delivered an inspirational presentation encouraging students to achieve their dreams and goals. “We are very proud to be able to help the students of Trabki Wielkie learn English. These books are a symbol of the United States’ enduring commitment and strong relationship with Poland, especially as the books came from our colleagues in the Department of Defense.”
Dreikorn also enjoyed a meal prepared by the school’s chefs who use locally sourced food products and prepare meals for all the students by hand every day. He concluded his visit meeting with the school’s most advanced English language students, answering questions about politics, American culture, sports, and the United States in general.
The Mayor of Trabki Wielkie Blazej Konkol and the governor’s spokesperson Malgorzata Sworobicz welcomed Dreikorn to Trabki Wielkie and thanked the embassy for partnering with the community and delivering the books. The Mayor explained Dreikorn was the first American to visit the centuries-old town in an official capacity. “I’m honored to be the first American to come here on an official visit,” Dreikorn said. “The students, teachers, and administrators of Trabki Wielkie’s middle school are fantastic. It has been a wonderful experience and I’m happy our American Corner in Gdansk helped us identify this community to receive these books,” he added.