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SCIS Gets Fully Involved in Community Service

April, 2010
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The word “community” has been even more evident on the Shanghai Community International School (SCIS) campuses in the past few months, as the students and faculty have been actively involved in fundraising for those in need, and in community work. One of the key components of SCIS’ program and philosophy is Global and Community Appreciation, whereby they aim to teach all their students the importance of social responsibility.
The SCIS Pudong Lower School Campus has been particularly involved lately, with students coming up with unique fundraising ideas. The Kindergartners raised money for an orphanage for disabled and abandoned children in Yingshang County, Anhui Province. One of the kindergarten teachers had the opportunity to travel to the orphanage and meet the children and staff. She saw first hand how the staff does wonderful things for the 200+ children. The Kindergarteners at SCIS held a movie afternoon and raised over 4,000 RMB to help pay the salaries of the caretakers and to buy items for each child. Even at this young age, the students have recognized the importance of helping those who are less fortunate. Alongside this, the Lower School Student Council has been fundraising for the families devastated in the recent Haiti earthquake. The fundraiser began soon after the tragedy by hosting a school rally to raise awareness and to call on all students at SCIS to come together to help. Efforts continued with the lower school supporting a clothing-drive that culminated with a Variety Show featuring over 60 students and teachers performing.scis-variety-show-s
SCIS Hongqiao campus has also been busy, with Read-a-thons and cultural events to raise money. The Read-a-thon is done in support of Braille without Borders. Braille without Borders (BwB) is an organization that teaches blind children in Tibet to read and write in Chinese, Tibetan and English and to become independent people.
With the money that SCIS has raised in the past 2 years, BwB were able to build a bakery in Shygatze and start a Braille book production library in Lhasa and Shygatze. A group of upper school students on the Hongqiao Campus has also been meeting every Thursday during their lunchtime to find ways to help raise money and awareness.

SCIS is also hosting an African musician by the name of Dingiswayo Juma, who is presenting musical workshops to the students and performing African story telling evenings to help raise money for underprivileged children in Kliptown, South Africa. 

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