School chil­dren rais­ing funds for trips to Europe

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Stu­dents from two ele­men­tary schools in the cen­tral county of Chi­ayi have been do­ing small com­mu­nity jobs and giv­ing street per­for­mances to raise money to par­tic­i­pate in sum­mer fes­ti­vals in Europe.

A trip to Europe to see a dif­fer­ent world and meet peo­ple of other cul­tures is an as­pi­ra­tion of many Tai­wanese school chil­dren, in­clud­ing those from Alis­han Ele­men­tary and Sec­ond School and Neipu Ele­men­tary School in Chi­ayi County.

Stu­dents from the Alis­han school, mostly from the in­dige­nous Tsou tribe, are sched­uled to tour Poland, the Czech Re­pub­lic and Slo­vakia July 15 to Aug. 3, per­form­ing abo­rig­i­nal dances at sum­mer fes­ti­vals.

A folk mu­sic group from the Neipu school, mean­while, are pre­par­ing to play Tai­wanese folk songs on tra­di­tional in­stru­ments at fes­ti­vals in cen­tral Europe from June 27 and July 17.

Chi­ayi County Mag­is­trate Chang Hua-kuan on Thurs­day pre­sented the na­tional flag to the two groups of stu­dents, say­ing it is ad­mirable that they are tak­ing the ini­tia­tive to do small jobs and give street per­for­mances so that they can re­al­ize their dreams.

She also ex­pressed her ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance of­fered by Amway Hope Maker Char­ity Foun­da­tion to make the chil­dren’s trips pos­si­ble.

Tai­wanese mu­sic and dance groups have be­come reg­u­lars at folk fes­ti­vals in Poland, the Czech Re­pub­lic and Slo­vakia, and in re­cent years, and chil­dren’s and teenage per­for­mance groups from Tai­wan have been adding ex­otic color to some sum­mer folk fes­ti­vals in those coun­tries.

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