USF World News

Report of Significant Outreach to K-12 Schools
February 6, 2012

All Saints Academy (Winter Haven): On January 23rd, more than 200 lower school students and their parents gathered in the afternoon to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Invited by the school’s Chinese language teacher (Liming McGuire) and led by the CI director, the CI staff performed storytelling (Misty Sirine) and pipa (Jianghua Zou). All lower school students are in the Chinese exposure program (one session per week) and they were impressed by the performance. The students also demonstrated their Chinese skills by singing, chanting and dancing. We reached out to the school before and are planning to deepen relations as it has expanded Chinese to the middle school level.

Mt. Song Martial Arts Academy (Tampa): This is a unique Chinese martial arts school because all its coaches and students are Americans. Several coaches and adult students have studied at Shaolin Temple extensively. The school organized a public event on January 29th, and we were impressed by their lion dance and kung-fu skills. We plan to collaborate with them in promoting martial arts as an important part of Chinese culture.

Berkeley Preparatory School (Tampa): This is one of the few schools in Florida that has a long history of offering Chinese. Currently, it has hired two full-time and one part-time Chinese language teachers. As part of the Chinese New Year celebration, events were held on January 31st for middle and high school students. More than 700 students enjoyed pipa music from our CI staff Jianghua Zou. Afterwards, Kun Shi met with school administrators in charge of world languages and international studies to discuss possibilities for future collaboration.

Pine View School (Sarasota): On February 6th, accompanied by CI Director Shi, the NJU Orchestra stopped at Pine View School in Sarasota on its way to Miami, and performed for some 600 students. The teachers and students were thrilled by the live Chinese music and many of them were eager for more as the musicians left. Feedback from the school indicates that the event has had a huge impact on the students’ interest in Chinese culture and music.