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YCIS Beijing Celebrates Jeans for Genes Day

November, 2014
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ycis-bj-jeans-for-genes-1On 19 September, the Secondary students of Yew Chung International School of Beijing celebrated their first ever Jeans for Genes Day to coincide with the national UK Day. The event was organized by the Science Department, in collaboration with the Student Council. Students were encouraged to come to school dressed in jeans and to pay RMB 10 for the privilege. Teachers also wore jeans on the day, and the Co-Principals joined in too. A group photo was taken outside in the main playground for all those who came in jeans, assembling in a DNA-spiral shape.

Money was collected throughout the day via a bake-sale of ‘jean-ger bread men’, chocolate brownies and other home-baked cakes and muffins donated by students in addition to fresh popcorn and other refreshments. In homage to the jeans theme, YCIS Beijing Artist-in-Residence Elizabeth Briel and the Art Department organized a collection of old or unwanted jeans in boxes located around the school. The jeans were then processed by Year 7 and Year 8 students during art lessons to make ‘jeans-paper’, which was then also sold on the Jeans for Genes Day.

By far the biggest splash in entertainment on the day was created by ten YCIS Beijing teachers who participated in the ‘ice-bucket challenge’ to raise awareness for the genetic disorder ALS (motor-neurone disease). Student Council members collected donations in individually named envelopes throughout the day to raise enough to exceed a minimum of RMB 200 for the teachers to proceed with the challenge.

The Jeans for Genes Day was a great success – all volunteering teachers were dunked and close to RMB 7,000 was raised from all the events held on the day. The Student Council will donate the proceeds to the local operation of Help-A-Child-Smile, a charity that raises funds for cleft-lip and cleft-palate operations.

 

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