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By Daily Hampshire Gazette
At the National Chinese Language Conference held in Washington, D.C. last month, the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School was awarded a plaque formally designating the school as a Confucius Classroom.
Executive Director Richard Alcorn accepted the plaque on behalf of the school, which is part of the Asia Society Confucius Classrooms network of exemplary Chinese language programs. Asia Society is a non-profit educational organization promoting ties between Asia and the United States. Each Confucius Classroom in the U.S. has a partner school in China with whom they explore cultural connections and expand opportunities for language learning. Funding for the network is given by the Chinese National Office for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language (Hanban), part of a non-profit organization affiliated with the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China.
At the conference this year, the Hadley-based school was one of seven schools featured in Asia Society's handbook of resources and best practices for Mandarin immersion given out to all participants.
The Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School goals are to graduate students with excellent scholarship, high proficiency in Mandarin Chinese and English, and sensitivity to multiple cultures.
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