Contributor: Yuanqing Yin (WKMS)
This past February, WKMS Chinese teacher, Yuanqing Yin, took students to China Town in Atlanta, GA for the Chinese Lunar Calendar New Year, Spring Festival. They left WKMS at 7:00am and arrived home that night at 7:20. While they were there they visited a Tibetan Buddhist temple, a Chinese buffet, and went shopping in China Town. She says, "These are all of my Chinese students. I have 5 different classes and 3 different proficiency levels, students who went on the trip are from all of those classes and levels."
I asked Yuanqing to tell me a little about the trip, and she said,
"Students loved the trip! They were impressed with the trip and the culture.
Of course they always love the food!"
But one of the parents said it best when he wrote her this message afterwards,
"Thanks for the trip to the Temple. It is a highlight in the life of a Military man who had thought he’d seen it all. You’ve been a welcome partner. Come what may, I wish the absolute best for your program!
I’m excited that the success of the program will match the size of your heart to teach.
It was absolutely fantastic to travel this far with you."
Later in May, Yuanquing and her WL colleagues also hosted a Chinese Night in which they cooked real authentic Chinese food. You can see in the pictures that parents and students together sampled the linguistic and culinary flavors of China, right in their own backyard.
Yuanquing said this about the two events, "I could not have done the China Town field trip without my awesome Chinese colleagues in the district, and I could not have done the Chinese Night without Ms. Caroll and Mrs. Hagerty." Together we always achieve more!
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