SIS Students Doing Service Learning in Guizhou
For all students attending our school whether it’s merely for a couple months or for the duration of their formative education, having lived in China becomes part of their identity. In light of this, the Chinese Department shares the responsibility with our fellow educators of providing our students with an understanding and appreciation of China that goes beyond the classroom.
Over spring break at the end of March, 6 passionate 7th grade boys made the trip to Guizhou wanting to broaden their horizons and see another side of China. They also shouldered the important responsibility of representing our school to the people of Guizhou and sharing back with our community their experiences and impressions of Guizhou.
After arriving the previous night around 10pm, the gang woke up bright and early to visit the village of CaiJi where 30 biogas units had been built using the funds raised from last year’s China Day. While in CaiJi the boys presented a check for 2750rmb that was raised by the MS E-club to support the construction of an additional biogas unit. One outstanding student’s family was chosen to be the beneficiary of the biogas unit. Hopefully, the SIS community will know more and more about how this biogas unit affected this young school girl’s life in the years to come. Other stops on the itinerary included a visit with the local government officials, a visit to the school that SIS raised money to build in 2004, and a senior citizens’ home.
After our visit to Guizhou, both teachers and students could make a more informed decision about how to allocate money raised from the PSA’s Winter Bazaar and China Day Festival.
There was a total of 134,750元 (RMB) in our charitable fund which came from：
- 2011-12 PSA Winter Bazaar for this year raised: 38,620元
- 2012 China Day for the Year of the Dragon raised：24,370元
- Money remaining from fundraising from previous years totaled 71,760元
On April 19th, 115,700元 was donated to causes in Guizhou:
- 79,750元 was donated for the construction of 30 biogas units (including the one supported by the MS E-club).
- 35,950元 was donated to the town of Blackstone’s Senior Citizen’s Center.
We would like to thank the PSA, the entire staff and the students for their continued efforts in supporting our service projects in Guizhou.
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