Dear Stonebrae Parents,
On behalf of the Multicultural Education Research Center (MERC), we are delighted to announce that a Chinese language and culture enrichment program will be taking place at Stonebrae Elementary School on Saturdays, beginning September 8, 2012.
MERC was established as a nonprofit organization in 1995. For the past 17 years, MERC has dedicated to:
• Teach Mandarin Chinese to school-aged students from 5 to 18 years old. The long and short-term enrichment programs are offered on Saturday mornings. The curriculum is designed to be engaging for students to develop Chinese language skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
• Cultivate children’s appreciation of different cultures. A variety of classes are designed to help students to learn Chinese culture and gain exposure to other culture groups as well. The current culture classes include Chinese Calligraphy and Brush Painting, Abacus, Chinese Yo Yo, Drawing, Beginning Animation, Performing Arts, and Conversational Mandarin.
• Provide adults life-long learning opportunities. MERC parents from the Adult Art Class have showcased their artwork in many community art events and won high remarks. A new 5-week Adult Conversational Mandarin Class will be offered this year.
• Support community events with presentations of Chinese culture and customs to increase understanding and appreciation of diversity in the community.
We are excited to be hosted by Stonebrae Elementary School in the new school year. Stonebrae offers a unique “Mandarin Dual Language Immersion Program” from Monday through Friday. Attending the above mentioned MERC enrichment program on Saturdays, the students and parents will enjoy a comprehensive learning experience in Chinese language and culture.
Multicultural Education Research Center (MERC)
Mailing: P.O. Box 483, Hayward, CA 94543 TEL: (510) 881-9995