Linden Centre New Education Facility Opening in Xizhou (Yang Zhuoran)
Earlier this month, YZR sparkled on its opening day with Dongjing Music fanfare. YZR’s Program Manager, Jiang Xiaotang shared her thanks with all the people who made the March 9th opening possible and her excitement for what would come next. Linden Centre General Manager, Frank He, thanked all who were a part of the YZR restoration, and shared the story of the process which he managed for over a year. Before officially unveiling the new building, Frank also spoke of Linden Centre’s road to date and the importance of YZR to the overall concept of the Centre.
It has been the dream of Brian and Jeanee’s Linden Centre to be a base for community-based learning and exchange, and YZR has taken this vision to the next level through the restoration of this complex specifically for educational and theme-based programs. They made a surprise visit via Skype and expressed their gratitude and excitement on this special day.
The Shanghai American School (SAS)’s Microcampus Program made history as the first group of students to inhabit Yang Zhuoran. This group of 16 eighth grade students from the SAS Puxi (West) campus will spend 28 days in Xizhou, living, learning, and experiencing a different side of their host country, far from the China they have been accustomed to in Shanghai. Microcampus founder and SAS teacher, Craig Tafel, will bring two groups of students to Xizhou this spring after a successful experience with the inaugural group of 11 eighth graders last spring.
Interested to learn more about what the Microcampus students are up to this spring? Follow their journey via student journals, daily video shout-outs, inquiry projects, service learning, or even the parent blog via their website: http://www.