Operation Red Packet is an annual event at CDNIS where students and teachers donate some money that they had collected as “lai-see money” (紅包） from Chinese New Year. This year, it was hosted by the Amnesty and UNICEF organizations, and the money, as part of both groups’ foci, went to AIDS Concern, a local NGO that helps to provide equal healthcare to AIDS sufferers. Both organizations felt the need to create more public advocacy on this disease, to deliver more education on HIV, to provide support for affected people in Hong Kong. The event was a great success, seeing as we received much support and many donations from students, and teachers were very enthusiastic; overall, there was a great response from the CDNIS community, and we really feel that we got the message across and were able to raise more than $7600 (thank you CDNIS!). We hope that next year’s Operation Red Packet will be just as successful, if not more!
The Reading Tree is a club that aims that seeks to establish a transferable English curriculum in order to support learning environments within the local and global community. Our club is separated into 3 main sectors; Communications & Marketing, Fundraising and Education (Lower School, Kids4kids, Myanmar) and each has their own duties within the club. The following are a few events our club has done this year.
Event #1: Lilypad programme (Lower School Buddy Reading Team)
The Lower School Buddy Reading team, now renamed as the Lilypad program, has been fostering the reading and comprehension skills of Grade 1 students here at CDNIS. The volunteers develop lesson plans for the kids every week that are interesting and also educational. We plan to refine our lesson plans so that each kid has a more personalised plan that will help their reading skills grow even further.
Event #2: Kids4kids Booth (Kids4kids Team)
Kids4kids is a reading session that seeks to teaching local school children aged 4-6 english.The kids4kids team plans each reading session for the children, from the fun activities and games to picking books for group reading. Each session introduces a new everyday topic with related activities. Some examples include, worksheets, presentations and crafts. It is a programme with our club is actively involved in. Our Kids4Kids program has received an award from the organisation we are working with for the “Most Creative Session Planner” this year, a great honour for our dedicated kids4kids team. This year, in order to encourage volunteers to participate in kids4kids and tell them what it is about, we set up a booth and had cupcakes to attract people from outside of the club to take part in the programme. This was very successful, with many volunteers wanting to come again after experiencing the fun reading sessions once. They helped not only for the team to grow and expand, but also helped the children in the program. Each individual child had their own buddy who could teach them at the child’s own pace of learning.
Event #3: CD Player Drive & TRT Website (Myanmar Team)
The Myanmar Team is working to increase the sustainability of the Myanmar CAS week education program by developing interactive audio lesson plans, aiming to further build on the knowledge taught to the children through the CAS sessions. We had a successful CD player drive to collect various CD players which would be brought and left in Myanmar, along with CDs containing the audio lessons, for the teachers and students to use all year round. We have also developed a website in collaboration with the Communications Team to house the resources we have developed, so others aiming to teach children English can use and benefit from them as well.
Event #4: GIN Event (Communication Team)
The communications team had recently planned a GIN Event with RESPECT during InGINuity week to advertise our club and show the upper school community what our club does. The GIN event included a short skit about the importance of education, and an activity session with grades 1 students which ran similarly to the Kids4Kid sessions our club does. We played games and had one on one reading sessions with them, which they throughly enjoyed. The audience members were also invited to join the activities and participate in the reading sessions with them.
Event #5: CDNIS Bid 2 (Fundraising Team)
The fundraising team had raised more than $10,000 at the annual CDNIS BID and have collected a variety of MP3 devices to use for audio books in Myanmar. We plan to organise more fundraisers that advertise our club’s mission to empower through education and pull the CDNIS community together for a common cause.