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Discover China Day gets thumbs up from UCPS students photo

Discover China Day gets thumbs up from UCPS students

When offered hot tea in China, there is a right way and a wrong way to serve and drink the tea. About 180 Union County Public Schools middle and high school students had the opportunity to learn the proper etiquette of this long-standing Chinese tradition, as well as other things about China’s culture and its people during Discover China Day. This annual event, which featured presenters from the Confucius Institute at Pfeiffer University, is an effort to increase awareness of China through exposure to its culture, language, history and people. Confucius Institute at Pfeiffer University professor Weihong Yan, the institute’s director, said this year’s event, held at Marvin Ridge High School, marks the sixth year it has been presented to UCPS students. At left, Landi Radiner, a 12-year-old Parkwood Middle School seventh grader, cuts paper into shapes.

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Get Connected: Keeping Up With Our Kids Online photo

Get Connected: Keeping Up With Our Kids Online

On Tuesday February 3rd, Marvin Ridge Middle School invited all parents and students to attend an informational session on Digital Citizenship titled “Get Connected: Keeping Up With Our Kids Online.” Parents and students met from 6:00 - 7:30 and learned about digital citizenship issues including one’s digital tattoo and how the media impacts students’ self image.

Casey Zvanut, Marvin Ridge’s Instructional Technology Facilitator, shared a presentation and other materials that focused on how we as a community can protect our children when they are online. She was assisted by her colleague from Cuthbertson Middle and High, Jan Anderson. Marvin Ridge’s School Resource Officer, Deputy McCann, also shared insights into the legal ramifications of cyberbullying and sexting.

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