Niagara Gazette


February 9, 2014

'Confucius Classroom' opened at Lew-Port High


Niagara Gazette — "Lew-Port already had a Chinese classroom," Yu said. "We'll be providing more resources. The school will get lots of textbooks, computer equipment. It's a great tool, a great resource for students to learn Chinese."

Lew-Port's connection with Tianjin No. 2 is a special one in the eyes of UB's institute. Typically, Hanban chooses to mix schools in its exchange, pulling teachers from different areas of the country to do overseas ventures. But because of the established roots between the two schools, Casseri said Tianjin No. 2 will continue being partners with his building.

The partnership was evident Saturday, as students from the Chinese high school were in attendance for the ceremony, which included Gold Summit's dragon dancers, a kung fu exhibition and music by American and Chinese performers. Even the Tianjin students got involved, singing a Chinese song for the audience which ended up clapping along.

In the end, everyone involved is proud of what the district has accomplished.

"It's an innovative, exciting program," Lew-port School Board President Michael Gentile said. "It's been a while in the making. Parts of it we weren't quite sure of or what it meant, but we're proud of what it's accomplished."

Contact reporter Timothy Chipp at 282-2311, ext. 2251 or follow on Twitter @timchipp.

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