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MSB Holds Book Fair and Bake Sale for “Sister School”

April, 2010
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All throughout March, the Upper elementary students at the International Montessori School of Beijing (MSB) visited each classroom to share and tell the story of the Green Garden Migrant School which they had visited and adopted as their  “sister school”. Their aim was to encourage all the pupils in the school to contribute, by bringing their used books and by baking cakes for a book fair and bake sale.msb-book-fair-s

“The school’s name is Green Garden.. Children at this school are migrant children. The school is very bare – the walls are thin and have many holes. Their blackboards are thin cardboard pieces painted black. One classroom holds 95 students and only one teacher so the rooms are extremely cramped. There is almost no electricity so the conditions are dire, with the windows cracked and dirty. Many of the school children cannot afford the school lunch that costs only 3 RMB. Most of all, there is almost no coal for heating…” said the students who were deeply surprised and humbled when they visited Green Garden.

After getting back to school, MSB students and teachers brainstormed for ideas and ways to support Green Garden. Some decided they can do a bake sale, and some got the idea of a 2nd-hand book sale. The books were all donated by MSB teachers, students and families. The food for the bake sale was made by the students themselves as well as their parents.

The final book fair and bake sale took place on the morning of March 31 on MSB campus, when parents and teachers crowded the lobby area buying the books and muffins and raffle tickets while children were busy behind the tables collecting and changing money.

They set a goal of raising 10,000 RMB, and they accomplished that by lunch time!

With the money collected from the event, they wish to purchase school materials such as new chairs for Green Garden where some new students are using broken chairs, as well as other school supplies like pencils, erasers and chalk and new books.

“The books are very good and cheap at only 10 RMB each, and I like reading,” said a Grade 1 parent who bought four books for her holiday trip, while also donating books to the event. “This is a great event and it can teach children that they can do a lot of good things themselves.”

“MSB has always been supporting charity organizations. Through this project, it is truly children helping children,” said Sharon Keenan, MSB Academic Director. “By participating, doing, baking, selling and changing money, as well as doing presentations in the classrooms, they have really become part of the project. The hands-on making will make a big impact on them.” 

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