June 4, 2018 Current Initiatives 1. June 20 we begin our private Mandarin language lessons to help us better communicate with the children at the school; 2. Introducing a music class to the school by purchasing flutes and hiring a teacher to give lessons. There are also plans in the works for a pianist/composer to give a concert at the school for the children and villagers; and 3. In October there will be a magician who will come to the school to perform. This will be a first for most of the children.
May 17, 2018 Speakers at the DoReMi Playhouse - Beijing We have just returned from Beijing where we assisted the DoReMi TV Playhouse by giving a motivational lecture to children on the topic of being a good volunteer within the community and the world. We are proud to be aligned with the DoReMi sisters and their efforts. To seal this alignment, we decorated one of their rainbow lights and made a "pinky promise" of forever friendship.
April 9, 2018 First Prize & Excellent Award! Congratulations on your accomplishment!!! This message has just come in from the Schoolmaster - "Warm congratulations to Chu Mingyu and Dong Runnan of Yang Guang (Sunshine) Primary School on winning the First Prize and Excellent Award in the "Star Cup" Composition Competition for Primary and Middle School Students in Hebei Province!"
January 18, 2018 Happy Kids! Secret Santa China was able to send these three orphans to the village store to buy a new cotton outfit.
January 18, 2018 Latest Arrival The school cafeteria was happy to see a shipment of rice flour and oil from Secret Santa.
December 10, 2017 Visit with Santa Claus We had quite an inspirational day today. Adrien and I had the great opportunity to visit Santa Claus with all the other kids in the neighbourhood. The kids were all enjoying candy, hot chocolate and asking Santa to bring all kinds of presents to them on Christmas eve. On the other hand, we received a heartfelt message from our friend the schoolmaster of Sunshine Primary School. The picture below shows the kids studying hard in class, but we are quick to notice the children and teachers are wearing heavy coats in the classroom due to a lack of heat. It sure makes us feel good that Secret Santa China can bring some joy this Christmas to the school.
October 12, 2017 Gratitude at Every Meal Our wonderful mountainous school. They have little in the way of material goods, but oh my, they have huge hearts! Before every meal......Gratitude is given "to the universe, to society, to the nation and to the parents".
October 12, 2017 In the Classroom A very happy class!!! Notice the stack of papers Gary holds in his hands. As we taught, this grade 4 class, they were inspired to create many beautiful pieces of art to give us as personal gifts, from items that were hand drawn and coloured, animal stickers, and fancy cut paper designs. These children are so full of love and gratitude!
October 6, 2017 Evening in the Village
October 6, 2017 Teaching English at Yang Guang School Secret Santa had such a great time helping these kids with their English studies! (September 21, 2017)
October 1, 2017 A New Computer Secret Santa China was able to purchase a desperately needed new computer for the school! The Schoolmaster is over the moon with joy!
October 1 - 2017 About the Schoolmaster In addition to regular studies, with an emphasis on learning English, the Schoolmaster pictured below teaches the kids to be compassionate, grateful, kind and a good positive person in society. He built this school with his own money, in addition to financial help from his family and friends. Those who are unable to pay the nominal fee of approximately $60 Canadian per month, which includes education, lodging and meals, get absorbed into the system. No one is turned away. In 2017, there are 195 students living at the school. He truly is a caring person. The Secret Santa China team is very proud to be a part of his family.
September 30, 2017 Precious Faces at the School We cannot begin to put into words what we experienced last week at this wonderful school. Although they endure many hardships, they welcomed us with open arms and warm hearts. First, we will share the many faces of these precious children.
Thank you Liobell for joining us at the school and for being an integral part of Secret Santa China, which makes our mission so successful.
September 1, 2017 Special Announcement We are very excited to be going to our Yang Guang (Sunshine) Primary school in just two weeks time! We have been asked by the schoolmaster to teach the kids (grades 1-6) oral English. We will be taking numerous items for the kids and will stay at the school for a week. During that time, we will participate in the school's daily activities. As this is our first trip to the school we are looking forward to meeting, spending time with and getting to know everyone. Stay tuned for photos and further updates. You may also like to follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/secretsantachina
August 12, 2017 DoReMi Children's Alliance Vancouver, B.C. - After our second interview with Beijing's DoReMi TV Children's Channel, we are thrilled to announce our affiliationas members of the "DoReMi Children's Alliance" Leadership Team formed so children may gather together to learn, share love, give love back to our society, learn how to be a good little citizen and to serve our community better. Children help children make our world happier, better and simpler. DoReMi's dream is for one community to influence more communities, to a city, to a country and the whole world.After only two years, DoReMi has accomplished much in this regard. In the U.S.A., they have visited children with cancer and have been involved with the Super Joey Foundation. In China, they have visited left-behind children in rural schools and have been vigilant in protecting stray cats. DoReMi's first interview was with the famous Dr. Jane Goodall. They have also interviewed McDonald's House staff, as well as Alex Hua Tian, China's firstOlympic equestrian star, and much more. DoReMi, we are very proud to be a part of your team where love shines brightly. See you in Beijing!!!
June 1, 2017 Another Shipment Sent More books for the school's new library, as well as a number of large inflatable world globe balls and kites for the kids to play with.
June 1, 2017 Helping the Elderly It is amazing that young kids in need have the thoughtfulness to help the elderly in the village.
April 30, 2017 Watches and Fidget Spinners A shipment of 120 children's fun watches (complete with superheros of all kinds on the watch shoulders) along with Fidget Spinners made their way from Shanghai to our kids at the school. The kids are ecstatic.
March 2, 2017 Bird Watching and More The kids will be receiving this great pair of binoculars very soon. A wonderful complement to their new Science class!
February 25, 2017 First Microscope Yang Guang (Sunshine) Primary School in the poor village of Xu Ting of Zan Huang County in the Hebei Province of China, is about to receive the FIRST microscope in their school. This will allow the school to start a Science class! We are so excited for them! It's on the way kids!!!
February 18, 2017 Additions to the School Library We are very happy and pleased to have sent a shipment of dual language books (Mandarin & English) to Yang Guang (Sunshine) Primary School. In addition to the dual language books, we were able to find a giant dual language dictionary the children can use as a reference book.
These items along with multiple sets of dual language flash cards will help make learning fun and effective.
February 6, 2017 Yang Guang (Sunshine) Primary School We are very excited to announce that our first shipment will soon be on its way to Yang Guang (Sunshine) Primary School located in the Xu Ting village ofZan Huang County in the Hebei Province of China! The village is surrounded by mountains. The roads are rough and there is little contact outside the village where there are many elders and left-behind children. Yang Guang School accommodates 117 students from Grades 1 to 6, with the left-behind children, single-parent children and orphans totalling 78. The school provides lodging as the teachers here not only care about the children’s studies, but also are responsible for parenting. While caring for the left-behind children, another mission for the school is helping the poor. The school is bringing up 5 orphans and 12 children who are in extreme poverty. In July 2016, a flood inflicted a heavy loss on this school. The wall collapsed, the storage area was flooded and the surface of the village road wasdestroyed. With the help of the teachers and students, along with the kind-hearted people in society, they finally overcame this hardship and the students started schooling on time on the 1st of September. The school even set activities for the elders in the village and shared their free nutritional food. Vegetables are planted by the teachers and students in an attempt to save money where possible.