《声音》 VOICES Ivy's VOICES Fall/Winter Edition 2018 - Page 18

SPOTLIGHT XI’AN Ivy MI Kindergarten La Botanica Campus Ivy Bilingual School Beilin Campus Ivy MI Kindergarten First City Campus This year, Ivy MI Kindergarten La Botanica Campus made some innovations in “Week for Change” by introducing the flea market. We wanted to empower our students to raise funds through this activity. During the “Week of Change”, we also recorded everyone’s ideas and stories to share with one another. Before we kicked off the event, kids and parents had an extensive discussion, exchanging ideas about how to make a difference in this year’s “Week for Change”. Through that exchange, they collectively decided to do a flea market. Each student brought their own materials to sell, and decided on their own what to do with the money they made. For example, one child earned two yuan from the flea market, bought some nicotine lozenge for his dad, and told him that smoking is bad for his health. The students now understand that they can freely express their own thoughts, and try to get things done on their own. Even small things, can make a big difference. On October 20, 2018, Ivy Bilingual School Beilin Campus (Xi’an) carried out our “Week for Change” – “Care and Love for Milu Children’s Village” by also doing a flea market. They were able to raise over 3,400 RMB, and used the funds to purchase daily necessities such as rice, flour, and cooking oil. Campus leaders, teachers and representative parents came to Milu Children’s Village, and donated all materials to the children there. On October 20, 2018, Ivy MI Kindergarten First City Campus (Xi’an) carried out the third “Week for Change” charity run, at Xi’an City Sports Park. Ivy children joined the campaign to raise charity funds to make life better and easier for impoverished children living in Songshugou Village, Lantian County, Shaanxi Province. The Campus Director mentioned in her speech for the campaign: “Every participant is here to put their kindness into practice. Do not fail to commit an act of kindness even if it is small in scale.” Witnessed by parent notaries, this year’s “Week for Change” raised a total of 18,289 yuan which will all be used to buy picture books for impoverished children in the mountains. There is a saying that best describes the healing power of a smile: “When you smile, the whole world smiles with you.” Indeed, every participant of “Week for Change” was smiling all the time, and everyone wishes to change the world with the power of their smile. Ivy Schools Fall/Winter Edition 2018