During a recent visit to Taiwan, the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School (PVCICS) executive director Richard Alcorn donated a set of the board game Hadleyopoly to Principal Yu-Ling Chien of the Chingshin Elementary and Middle School in Taipei, Taiwan, for use in their English language and cultural immersion program.
Hadleyopoly highlights Hadley's rural environment and farming culture. Players use game pieces such as tractors, horses, and farmers, and develop properties by building farms, rather than houses and hotels. Sales of the board game benefit the historic Hadley Farm Museum, which showcases vehicles, tools, and other farming artifacts from local farms dating back to the 18th century.
Principal Chien expressed her pleasure at receiving a game that could be used to build English language skills while helping to expose her students to American farming and regional culture. The Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School owns additional copies of the game, and plans to give the board game as a gift to future visitors from overseas. Alcorn commented, "Hadleyopoly serves as a wonderful language and culture tool that can enhance our relationships with other schools abroad, and ultimately enhance cross-cultural understanding."
Hadley Farm Museum Trustee Tom Waskiewizc said, "The Hadley Farm Museum celebrates Hadley's 350+ years of New England farming heritage. It's great a copy of the Hadleyopoly game can serve to reach across the globe to enrich students' lives overseas."
PVCICS is a tuition-free regional public charter school located in Hadley, Massachusetts, that has nearly 300 students from almost 30 communities in the Pioneer Valley. PVCICS prepares K-9th grade students for academic and cross-cultural success through rigorous study and instruction aligned with state and federal standards, augmented with Chinese language and culture. PVCICS focuses on graduating students with excellent scholarship, high proficiency in Mandarin Chinese and English, and sensitivity to multiple cultures.