Sixteen students at Wesley International Academy are prepping for a month spent studying in China next summer. They’ve already passed a qualifying test, gone through interviews, and written essays to get a place on the trip roster. Now they’re raising money.
Each student needs to raise $4,000 and you can help by hitching your Kroger card to the cause. Click here to register your card, guaranteeing a percentage of every purchase you make goes to a Wesley student raising money for this trip.
Weisi Muma 2014 (the Wesley Wooden Horse China Trip) is for students in sixth, seventh and eighth grades who will study at Nanjing University. Those students have spent at least four years each learning to speak and write Mandarin. They will also see the country during field trips and visit a Chinese middle school to see how those students learn.
Thirteen of the 16 selected students have been at the school since it opened in 2007.
“This is the inaugural group, the first one ever,” said Kamilah Konrad, a Wesley parent. “We’ve been planning this since last fall and we’d like to repeat this trip every year.”
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You can also make a tax-deductible donation to help a Wesley student participate in the trip. Donations can be mailed to WIA C/O Lea Durdin, 211 Memorial Dr. SE, Atlanta, GA 30312. If you give, please use this form.
“At a very early age, our students will be forming life long relationships with the people of Nanjing while developing a strong sense of self and independence,” said Lea Durdin, a Wesley Chinese teacher and mother of a third-grader. “They will be given a realistic picture of what another part of the world has to offer all while having the time of their of their lives."
Wesley International Academy is a K-8th grade, tuition-free public school chartered by the Atlanta Public Schools. Located in the former Ed S. Cook Elementary School on Memorial Drive, Wesley provides an academically rigorous curriculum including an authorized International Baccalaureate Programme and single-gender classroom instruction in addition to daily Mandarin Chinese instruction.
The school offers enrollment to students living anywhere in the city of Atlanta.