Interest in learning the Chinese language and culture has surged in the past decade as American economic and cultural ties to China have deepened.
On Jan. 28-29, Gulliver Schools hosted the Florida Chinese Teachers Association’s sixth annual Florida State Chinese Competition at the Gulliver Prep campus to showcase evolving student interests in China.
More than 260 students from 23 schools throughout Florida competed in a variety of categories focused on Chinese knowledge. The two-day event was a much anticipated opportunity for students to showcase their Chinese knowledge in an educational setting filled with food and competitions. Among these events were “Jeopardy” style competition, exhibits on display that consisted of projects the students created that best represents the Chinese culture, concluding with a buffet-style dinner.
RECYCLING PROGRAM SAVES
MORE THAN 15 TREES IN FIRST MONTH
Stepping up its ongoing green initiatives, Gulliver Schools launched an ambitious recycling program in January that has already saved more than 15 trees.
“We are always searching for ways to better conserve our environment,” said Gulliver Head of School John Krutulis. “Through the diversion of our paper products, we will preserve our atmosphere, extend the life of area landfills and help create new jobs. We continue looking for new efforts to go green in hopes of preserving our environment for future generations.”
As part of Gulliver Schools’ commitment to environmental sustainability, recycling bins were placed throughout all campuses, as well as in the executive and advancement offices. After the bins are filled, the paper contents are shredded on site.
In the first two weeks of January, Gulliver Schools recycled nearly a half-ton of paper. According to the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), recycling a ton of paper avoids releasing 60 pounds of pollutants into atmosphere. Based on those calculations, Gulliver’s recycling program saved 16 trees (35 feet tall) and kept 58 pounds of pollutants out of the atmosphere during January – and those monthly savings are expected to continue throughout the year.
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