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克城俄亥俄州立大學孔子學院歡度敎師節

Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University 2009 Teachers’ Day Celebra
Dr. Lih-Ching Chen Wang (陳麗卿), Dr. James McLoughlin (詹姆士.密可腊克林) and Ms. Wendy Densmore
 

  On Friday, October 9, 2008, about 200 people met to celebrate Cleveland’s second annual Teachers’ Day event. The event was hosted by the Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University (CSU) and held at Epworth-Euclid United Methodist Church in University Circle. The event opened with greetings and remarks from Dr. Lih-Ching Chen Wang, Director of the Confucius Institute, and was hosted by Dr. James McLoughlin, Dean of the College of Education and Human Services at CSU.     Dr. Wang observed that the philosophy of Confucius has been influencing education for more than 2,500 years. Even today, educators continue to admire and apply many of his ideas. Confucius would tell us that just as planting a cherry tree today will result in blossoms in years to come; educating a child today will lead to excellent performance in later years. In Chinese, one would say 十年樹木,百年樹人;十年樹木,百年樹人.   
   In addition, there were five other speakers at the event. Mr. Anthony Yen, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Confucius Institute gave a brief history on the origin of Teachers’ Day. Mr. Yen was followed by Mr. Ratanjit Sondhe, who is a wellness specialist, author, and TV personality. He spoke on the need for all of us to work together. Mr. Douglas Heuer, the Superintendent of the Cleveland Height-University Heights City School District (CH-UH) gave a brief welcome. This is CH-UH’s first year to have a Chinese language program. Ms. Luling Li from the Shaker Heights City School District also gave a brief welcome and spoke of the help that the Confucius Institute at CSU has provided her in her teaching of Chinese language and culture. The last speaker of the day was Ms. Hannah Firestone, a seventh grader, from the Beachwood City School District. She gave a report on the life of Confucius.    
   The speeches were followed by a group picture of all participants and then the group walked to the Cleveland’s Chinese Cultural Garden to watch the planting of three cherry trees donated by Mr. Yen near the statue of Confucius, a tradition in celebration of Confucius’s birthday and his continuing influence on education as well as in honor of teachers and educators around the world. Many participants took turns with the shovels.  After the tree planting ceremony, all participants were invited to Li Wah Chinese restaurant where a delicious lunch was enjoyed by all. Students were able to tour the Asia plaza after lunch and make purchases in the local Chinese shops.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 

 

 

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