On Thursday, April 13th, 2017 the QISS PTA and representatives from the QISS Leadership Team traveled to our friendship school in Jimo; Jimo Hope Primary School. The purpose of the trip was two-fold; first, to deliver the donated books and sports equipment provided by the kindhearted QISS community, and second, to celebrate a breaking-ground ceremony for the new basketball court being built through PTA donations.
In 2015, QISS student ambassadors visted the school, met with the principal and students, and decided what they would like the PTA to focus their efforts on. It was decided back then they they wanted the PTA to raise money to help build a basketball court for the school. Currently, the basketball rings are on a gravel pitch, which the student ambassadors didn't feel provided the safety these students deserve. Since then, the PTA has focused two QISS-PTA Holiday Galas on raising the funds needed to build this basketball court. Finally, together with a generous donation of 4,200 from one member of the QISS community, matched with an 8,000 top-up donation directly from the PTA general fund, the PTA managed to raise the total amount required to build the court.
On Thursday, there was a very simple breaking- ground ceremony, and the PTA met with the construction company representative who will complete the job. They are also doing this job at a very discounted rate; not charging for the labour.
Kudos to the PTA for this amazing effort. Below is the speech delivered by Arna Maul, PTA President;
"Dear esteemed members of the Jimo Hope Primary School Community,
Thank you for having us at your lovely school. It is a pleasure to be here and see you all on this warm spring morning. The beautiful flowers blooming across Qingdao and Jimo are like our school’s students, growing strongly and bringing happiness to our hearts.
The idea of building a basketball court was a dream of our student ambassadors who visited the school one year ago. They wanted to do something that would bring joy and happiness to the children every day.
Over the past year the QISS PTA have held several events to raise the funds for this basketball court. All of the funds have been raised through donations by QISS parents and teachers, so in a way, a piece of every QISS community member is in this basketball court.
We look forward to many more opportunities to work together with this school. Education is an ongoing process of cooperation, and we hope that through cooperation between our schools, we can enhance the lives of all our children and build a more cohesive society.
We hope that this basketball court will be an ongoing symbol of the friendship between Jimo Hope Primary School and Qingdao No.1 International School. Of Shandong Province.
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