Since YingHua International School moved to Kingston last September, we have held many activities to involve the local community. For example, Kingston Fire Department came to teach students about fire safety, and later on we invited them to join our whole-school Thanksgiving Soup on the day before the holiday. Such rounds of give-and-take are an authentic way to connect with the local community.
On Oct 4, our Pre-K class visited Kingston Post Office to learn about one kind of community helpers, the postal workers. Ms. Kerri, a staff member of the post office, gave us a warm and friendly welcome. She talked about the general functions of the post office and patiently answered children's questions, including the PO box wall and the big slot in the wall next to the counter.
To their nice surprise, children were let into the staff office where postal workers worked. The space was packed in an organized way.Ms. Kerri treated the curious children to the latest, cool stamps, and each of them stamped the day's date on a souvenir envelope and took it home, completely satisfied. All children enjoyed a fun and educational field trip on that morning.
To show their gratitude for the wonderful hospitality of the kind people at Kingston Post Office, these four-year-olds created thank-you notes out of their own hand prints shaped like postal stamps. A week later, after all the cards were done, students carefully laced them together with yarn and excitedly delivered the gift to the post office.
The most touching thing was that as soon as we left the office, a staff member was seen climbing up a ladder trying to hang up the thank-you notes on the window while another giving direction. Such genuine gesture makes me feel so happy and grateful that YingHua is in a community where people value each other's work, including work from four-year-olds. All the thank-you notes at the window seem to be telling every passer-by that YingHua International School belongs here.I've never felt so proud to be a part of YingHua and this local community.
This is just one of the many stories about how YingHua is building strong connections with this lovely village, Kingston. I'm sure there will be more to come. So, stay tuned!