On a very crisp Wednesday morning, Jan. 22, 2014, two big white tour buses filled with eager students from elementary and middle schools in and around Beijing, China, visited Ohlone and our Mandarin Immersion program. Sponsored by a global environmental advocacy group, these students are learning about creating sustainable schools and communities, making new American friends, and experiencing a peer cultural exchange opportunity.
I was honored to welcome the students along with my colleague Camille Townsend, a great advocate of our MI program. I learned how to say "Welcome," in Mandarin (Huan Ying), and I got to see our Ohlone kids in action, presenting a traditional Chinese Lunar New Year Lion Dance, reading some poems and stories they wrote in Mandarin, and singing "This Land is Your Land," to our student visitors. The group spent the day at Ohlone, learning more about the farm, sustainability efforts, conservation of our natural resources, and school "Green Teams." They also learned more about Ohlone's learning philosophy and the Core Values that guide Ohlone's teaching methodologies. Read more about Ohlone and partnerships with China HERE.