During the summer of 2015, for the first time in the history of New Oasis International Education, students were able to participate in the Annual Summer Activities Contest.
The New Oasis Summer Activity Contest was designed to engage high school students to participate in quality summer activities in any field of interest to them. Students were encouraged to participate as individuals, or as a team.
Throughout the next several days, we will announce the winners.
1st Prize Winner ($3000): Sunny Zhu’s “Establishing A Boundless Classroom”
Many students during summer vacation will spend time outside playing with friends, watching TV, and enjoying a break from the hustle-and-bustle of school. Sunny Zhu is not “many students.”
Zhu planned a volunteer teaching project to help underprivileged youth in China who have all of the basic educational resources, but who are often ignored by many volunteer organizations.
Zhu connected with the principal of Majing Hope Elementary School, located in Guizhou, China, and explained her idea. After getting approval from the principal, she presented her idea to the school headmaster and received full approval from the school.
After receiving approval from the school, Zhu recruited a team of peers, many from her New Oasis partner school, Cape Henry Collegiate School, to help with the project. The group of seven volunteers met to discuss the class schedule and textbook for the teaching project.
Zhu’s peers on the project were Tom Honghao Chen, George Jingdong Gao, Judy Yixuan Yu, Sam Wenxi Zhang and Jonathan Tianyi Cui.
The goal of Zhu’s project is to bring the students in the village the opportunity to experience the advantages of traditional Chinese education and the freedom and advancement of American education.
Zhu and her peers traveled to China from June 7-20, one month before the school’s summer vacation began.
After a summer of a bumpy start, and a great improvement, the principal of the primary school thanked Zhu and her team, noting “now the younger generation is like the bleak night sky; everyone is hiding themselves in the dark, and staring at their own future selfishly. You guys are those few stars shining there, generously becoming the guideline for those people who need help to find their way back.”
Upon returning to Cape Henry Collegiate, Zhu worked to start a club for this project to become an annual summer volunteer opportunity for Cape Henry students.