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Chinese Preschoolers Participate in Fund Drive to Help the Victims of Sichuan Quake

Saturday, May 17, 2008 General News J E 4
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NANJING, China, May 16 In the aftermath of the devastatingSichuan earthquake, even the youngest members of China are looking for ways tojoin in the donation and relief efforts. All around the country, schools arerunning donation drives and fund-raising campaigns. Led by the school'sprincipal, Ms. Zhang Lijun, the 190-student strong Nanjing FulishanzhuangKindergarten situated in a mixed income housing complex in southeast Nanjing'sBaixia District kicked off their own donation campaign.

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This small pre-school, like thousands like it across China, was quick torecognize the horror of what had happened in Sichuan province and decided touse this opportunity to teach their children the importance of voluntarism,and of compassion for those less fortunate. The school, whose student body ismade up of a mixed community home to both rich businessmen and street-sidefood vendors of modest means, asked each child to bring in a few yuan,stressing that the amount didn't matter, even just a single yuan or two asevery yuan would help. "Every donation, no matter how big or small, shows yourlove. In unity there is strength. If we work together, we will be able toovercome the challenges raised by this disaster." Ms. Zhang told the childrenat the donation ceremony.

The children were eager to give something of their own to theirearthquake-stricken peers and responded to the donation driveenthusiastically. The small kindergarten raised RMB 8429.42 ($1,205 US), allof which is being donated to the Red Cross Society of China who will use thefunds to purchase supplies for earthquake relief and help to rehabilitatedamaged homes.

The horror of the Sichuan quake is something that these children willremember for the rest of their lives. But the other lesson, a lesson thatChina's youngest members will carry with them as they grow up to become activecontributors to the country's evolving society, is the lesson of recognizingthe plight of others, and of giving selflessly to others in need.

About Nanjing Fulishanzhuang Kindergarten

Established in 1986, Nanjing Fulishanzhuang Kindergarten currently runsseven classes, with 190 children aged between 2 to 6 years and 30 teachers.The school emphasizes each child's personal growth with special attention paidto building up courage, confidence, wisdom, cooperation, health awareness andempathy for others less fortunate.

For more information about Nanjing Fulishanzhuang Kindergarten, pleasevisit http://s56285.s.9ye.com/school/main.html .

SOURCE Nanjing Fulishanzhuang Kindergarten
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