Western Academy of Beijing held a grand re-opening celebration for its Middle School, complete with a dazzling traditional Chinese lion dance and ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Just before the start of the I ❤️ WAB Community Picnic, families and friends of WAB gathered in the Peace Park to take part in the festivities. WAB Director Courtney Lowe told the story of the project's completion and thanked two WAB families, as well as contributing WAB staff and community members who helped fundraise through the WAB Gala 2013, donating a combined total of RMB3 million.
Dr. Lowe invited the two families, WAB Co-founder Michael Crook, WAB Board Chair Tina Dige-Kjaergaard, and Director of Communications & Advancement Suzi Roberts to cut the ceremonial ribbon, marking the building's official opening. To commemorate this milestone, Dr. Lowe unveiled a statue of Zigong, a renowned and respected student of Confucius, sitting prominently outside the Middle School entrance inscribed with a message of gratitude.
"Support like this is a defining characteristic of what it means to part of the WAB community and helps us to go above and beyond as a school," Dr. Lowe said at the ceremony. "WAB continues to provide our students and teachers the best environment and resources for teaching and learning. We are excited to be officially opening the doors of WAB's new Middle School with so many of you here."
Students, staff and parents worked together with the school to conceptualize new learning spaces, common areas and external landscape. From the bold "MS" lettering, colorful panels and new landscape welcoming people at the entrance, the new look and feel of the Middle School exudes the character of WAB.
"We are so thrilled to have worked together with our school community to create a truly inspirational school for our Middle School students and teachers," said Principal Marina Frias. "Not only will the building offer optimized teaching and learning spaces, but it also showcases an innovative and environmentally friendly design."
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