August 20, 2009
Back-to-School night Aug. 24
Holly Springs Intermediate School will hold its third and fourth grade Back-To-School night on Monday, Aug. 24 in the cafeteria. All parents and caregivers with children are encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be served. For more information, you can contact Beverly Phillips at the Parent Center at 252-7733.
Center requess help with belts. Bring belts that your children have outgrown or extra belts to the HS Intermediate Parent Center. Belts will be loaned to students when there is a need.
Your contributions will help enforce the dress code and keep students in class.
H.W. Byers PTA annual meeting
The H.W. Byers PTA will host its first annual PTA meeting for the 2009-10 school year on Thursday, Aug. 27, 6 p.m. at the school.
The PTA will also host a booth to kick-start our membership drive and will host the concessions during the Green & White football game on Friday, Aug. 28. All participation is gladly appreciated. Let’s continue to work together to meet the needs of our children. PTA president, Elaine Billingsley.
People to People Student Ambassadors Program
This summer Sydné Autry, daughter of Pat Brady and Ray Autry; Brianna Hollowell, daughter of Johnny and Belinda McDonald and the late Joseph Hollowell; Maya Hayes, granddaughter of RC and Juanita Anderson; and four educators traveled with 36 other students to China on the Great Wall and Beyond program. The 18-day trip took us across China.
In Beijing, we visited Tiananmen Square, the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, Olympic Village, Beijing Zoo and the Summer Palace.
However, this program is more than just touring sites. The students learned kung fu from a local school, they made Chinese dumplings and noodles in a Chinese cooking school and learned about the ancient art of cloisonne by touring a factory and trying their hand at this delicate art. One of the most interesting activities was a rickshaw ride through the narrow residential streets of Beijing, known as the hutong.
The students did not just go on this program to appreciate the Chinese culture, but they also learned to get along with other students and appreciate their cultures.
In Xi’an, the students lived in homes for a few days, but the real highlight was visiting the Terra Cotta Warriors.
In Shanghai, the students participated in a unique service project for several families served by social services. The students divided into three teams and were given a certain amount of money to buy food for the families. Each team browsed a local market for the food and household supplies they thought would benefit their chosen family.
After exploring Shanghai, the students traveled outside of Shanghai to Suzhou and Wuzhen. In Suzhou, they flew kites at the Penmen Gate, the ancient wall surrounding the city, and played a friendly game of ping pong at a local school. They also interacted with performers at the Kun Opera Museum.
The next day, they traveled to Wuzhen, a typical water town in this region. The whole town is built on canals and boats are the most convenient mode of transportation.
The final stop of the journey was Hong Kong. After a quick check-in at the hotel, the students traveled to Star Boulevard to enjoy the stunning night view of the city skyline.
The next day began with a cruise along Victoria Harbor and a tram ride to get a panoramic view of Hong Kong from Victoria Peak. Later that afternoon, they tested their bargaining skills as they explored the famous Stanley Market. Their last day brought them to the Hong Kong Art Museum and a final taste of real Chinese food.
For more information on the People to People Student Ambassador program, visit peopletopeople.com.
Martha Turner of Germantown is the Memphis area director for People to People Student Ambassadors.
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