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Housing Authority students chosen for Confucius Institute program in China

A partnership between the WKU Confucius Institute and the Housing Authority of Bowling Green will allow seven of the brightest and most deserving students from the Housing Authority the opportunity to explore and experience the Chinese culture first-hand.

This mid-July two-week cultural exchange program for high schools students (Chinese Bridge Camp) gives participants the chance to learn the Chinese language, as well as to experience parts of Chinese culture like visiting the Great Wall and Tiananmen Square. The program was initiated in 2011 when 10 WKU Gatton Academy students, along with Director Tim Gott, traveled to Tianjin, China, for two weeks.

The students participating in this year’s program are Odici Deshae Halcomb, Terione Patrick, Jakaliff Ambree Sublett, Ronale Chapel Morris-Favors, Mirriam Higgins, Thunh Nguyen Trieu and Jaquan Sept.

Terrill Martin, Associate Director for the Confucius Institute, said: “One of the CI’s goals for 2012 is to spread its mission of disseminating the Chinese language and culture to every part of Bowling Green, and what better way to fulfill that goal than to partner with one of the leading pillars of the community, the Housing Authority of Bowling Green.”

Shannah Banks, Director of Education at the Housing Authority, said: “For these seven students and their families, this once-in-a-lifetime trip will ultimately change their lives and the way in which they view the world. For many of our youth, the greatest burden becomes the loss of hope for a much brighter future. By visiting the economically fastest growing country in the world, these students will get a direct view of the future of our very nation. As the Housing Authority of Bowling Green, it is our desire to see hope restored in these seven youth, their families and this community as a whole.”

The WKU-CI and Hanban, China’s Ministry of Education, work to promote understanding of the Chinese language and culture through children’s programming, training courses, cultural workshops and community events. Together, these organizations have Introduced fully articulated K-16 instruction in Modern Standard Chinese into local school systems, serve as a regional center for Chinese teacher training and Chinese curriculum development, and build connections and partnerships between Kentucky and China.

For information about the WKU-CI or the WKU-CI’s Chinese Learning Center, visit www.wku.edu/ci.

Contact: Cheryl Kirby-Stokes, (270) 745-2836.

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