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WAB Students’ Service Project Receives Award at Harvard University

July, 2016
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wab-news_harvard-5Four Western Academy of Beijing (WAB) students travelled to Harvard University to accept an award for a project that is changing lives in Beijing.

Lorraine Jiang began GM English as a Grade 10 WAB student to help caretakers (ayis) and security guards in their local Beijing community to improve their English skills in the hope of advancing their professional and personal lives. The project soon took off, with more than 20 students volunteering to teach multiple free classes each week. Just two years into the project, they have reached more than 100 people.

Along with volunteers and classmates Nicole Liao, Ivy Li and Cissy Zhang and Lorraine travelled to Harvard to present their project and attend the annual China Education Symposium. Their presentation once again drew wide attention, as the students received offers of support from professors and government officials.

"GM English was student created and is student run, and is a great example of the motivation of these students. WAB High School is proud that they are part of our student body and we congratulate them on the recognition that their work has received", said WAB High School Principal Melanie Vrba. "Aside from the accolades, though, the most important thing of all is that our students are working to connect and assist our local community. This dedication to the WAB Core Values of China Engagement is worth far more than any award.”

The four dedicated students took advantage of their chance to be on such a prestigious campus, signing up for a short class on Chinese politics and economics at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.


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