People's Daily Online, Washington, November 23 (Reporter Li Zhiwei) Recently, Chinese Ambassador to the United States Qin Gang visited Cascade Elementary School in Orem, Utah, and attended the unveiling ceremony of the original reply letter from President Xi Jinping to the students of the school.
Founded in 1967, Cascade Elementary School is one of the earliest schools in Utah to carry out Chinese immersion teaching. More than half of the students in the school learn Chinese from the first grade to the sixth grade. On the eve of the Spring Festival in 2020, 50 fourth grade students from Cascade Elementary School each made a New Year greeting card to President Xi Jinping, expressing their love for China and Chinese culture. On February 15, 2020, President Xi Jinping kindly replied to the students. In March 2020, the students of the school hand-painted posters and sang the adapted song "Come on Wuhan, you look so good when you smile" to cheer for China's fight against the epidemic, and the response was enthusiastic.
On the occasion of Qin Gang's visit to the school, Cascade Primary School held an unveiling ceremony for the original reply letter from President Xi Jinping. Johnson, principal of Cascade Elementary School, Bowman, bilingual teaching expert from the Utah State Department of Education, Leon, director of Chinese teaching, Farnsworth, superintendent of the local school district, and teachers and students of the school welcomed Qin Gang. Qin Gang and President Johnson jointly unveiled the original reply letter from President Xi Jinping, and the audience burst into warm applause. Afterwards, the two students who participated in the production of the greeting card read the content of President Xi Jinping's reply in Chinese and English respectively. In the letter, President Xi Jinping cordially encouraged the children to continue to work hard to learn Chinese, understand Chinese culture, and make contributions to enhancing the friendship between the people of China and the United States.
Qin Gang communicated with the teachers and students of the school. Qin Gang encouraged the students to learn Chinese well and become small envoys of friendship between China and the United States. "A better understanding of the Chinese way of looking at the world will help people of all countries understand each other and build friendship." Qin Gang asked the principal, the head of the school district and teachers about the school's Chinese teaching curriculum, teaching staff, teaching material use, future planning, actual needs, etc. and suggestions, and encouraged them to continue to contribute to Chinese education and Sino-US cultural exchanges.
It is understood that in Utah, there are currently 18,000 students from elementary school to high school learning Chinese.
(Editors in charge: Yan Meng, Chang Hong)
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