Written by Leo Lazo, Character Education Coordinator
Yew Chung International School of Shanghai endeavours to educate our students holistically. YCIS not only strives for academic excellence but also believes in the importance of giving our students a sense of responsibility for those who are not as fortunate. Part of our school motto is “Love and Charity” and one way we promote this is through our Character Education programme. Since the devastating earthquake of 2008 that destroyed a large area of Sichuan, our school has actively pursued ways to help those in need. This month’s character trait is “Love” and what better way to express it than to give our students a chance to demonstrate “Love and Charity” during our Charity Week event which runs from January 22 – 26. Our students will be given a chance to share, help and give in a variety of ways. One such way is to help Huge Grace Orphanage. There are 30 children and all of them have disabilities in one way or another. Through my wife’s involvement with Huge Grace, YCIS has established a relationship with them and has generously donated items from the ECE department.
One of our goals for Character Education is for our students to have a personal involvement with the charity we support. As a result, Student Council members will be visiting Huge Grace Orphanage on January 30th. They will be performing a song in Chinese as well as providing a simple art and craft activity that the children can do. This will give our students the opportunity to see love in action as they share their talents with the children of Huge Grace.