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Library News and Auction Action!
Posted 12/02/2016 01:33PM

Quality student artwork has adorned the library, and the parent book club, SWISLit members have enjoyed literary discussions. Next week we are looking forward to a visit by award winning author and illustrator Suzanne Bloom and a Scholastic Book Fair.

Using the funds from last year's auction, the SWIS community has built another Library in Cuoshong Village Primary School, located in Cuoshong village, Tso Zhou Township, Jianzhang County, Huang Nan Prefecture, Qinghai Province. The village is 20km away from the Jianzhang County and the School has 50 students with 4 teachers coming from four villages. The school runs four grades at the moment. All the students are from farming families, thus, most of their family members are illiterate and they are making a living by farming and working at construction sites temporarily.


The average annual family income is assessed to be no more than 5,000RMB to spend on daily expenses and education etc. It is not enough. Since the school is a small village school, there is limited support from the Government and the school facilities are very poor. Most of the students do not have text books and they have to share with each other (see picture above). The schools teachers said they have been hoping for a library for the students for many years, and one that the teachers could also use.

Thank You Letter from the School:

Dear SWIS Family,

Greetings from Cuoshong Primary School! We are here to confirm that we have received your donation of books for both the teachers and the students. We received your concern and encouragement with the books and we are here to promise that students and teachers from Cuoshong School will use the books so that your support and concern do not go waste. Because of our distant location and financial pressure, we could hardly have access to resources and opportunities. With the library supported by you we believe our school condition would get better in the future. Thanks for your support and generosity and we are so happy to receive the books.

Thanks again!
From Wangjie

Building on this success if you would like to be a part of this year's auction planning team please sign up here. This year we have a goal to support 30 girls and build 3 more libraries and 3 greenhouses. March is right around the corner.

So get in on the SWIS Auction action!


SWIS图书馆近期举办了很多活动。五年级学生把图书馆变成了"真人博物馆",来自康奈尔学院的教授为MYP学生介绍了未来在美国继续深造的机遇,深圳本土著名的童话故事演讲家夏冰先生给SWIS幼儿园大班至三年级学生带来了精彩的中文故事,学生的优秀作品装点了图书馆,SWIS文学会的家长成员们喜爱大家的精彩讨论。下周,我们热切盼望另一位图书馆嘉宾的到来,她是知名作家兼插画师苏珊娜·布卢姆(Suzanne Bloom)。同时,我们也将举办学乐书展。

去年SWIS文学月期间举办的拍卖会筹集了丰厚的善款,在顺利建成第一所图书馆之后,今年另一所学校的图书馆也已建成。这所学校同样位于青海省,是黄南藏族自治州尖扎县措周乡措祥村的措祥村小学。措祥村距离尖扎县20公里,学校现有学生50名,教师4名,这4位教师分别来自4个不同的村落。学校目前共设有四个年级。所有学生均来自务农家庭,因此,这些学生的家人和亲人几乎都是文盲。他们靠种地为生,也在建筑工地做临时工。通过调查发现,这些家庭的年平均收入仅有5000元。除去日常开销和学费等,所剩无几。由于这所小学是村级的规模很小的学校,所以并未得到多少来自政府的关注和支持,而且学校的设施很差劲。绝大多数学生没有课本,不得不互相分享(请见上图)。学校老师告诉我们,他们期待给孩子们建立一所图书馆已经很多年了,而且希望这所图书馆同时也给教师提供资源。


来自措祥村小学的感谢信:

亲爱的SWIS大家庭,

请接受来自措祥村小学的问候!借此向大家证实我们已经收到了贵校捐赠给教师和学生的图书。您捐赠的图书也让我们感受到了贵校对我们的关注和鼓励。我们也向您允诺,措祥村小学全体师生会充分利用这些捐赠的图书,以免浪费。因为我校地处偏远地区,又逢财务压力,我们没有办法获得资源、抓住机遇。然而现在,通过贵校支持所建立的这所图书馆,会让我校情况日益好转。非常感谢贵校的支持和慷慨帮助,我们十分高兴收到这些图书。

再次感谢!
Wangjie

拍卖会取得如此成绩,着实让人欣慰。如果今年您也希望通过拍卖会贡献一份力量,请在此登记。今年的目标是资助30位藏族女孩,并且再建三所图书馆和三座温室。三月就在不远处。

期待大家参加SWIS图书馆举办的慈善拍卖会!

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