Confucius Institute Announces New Confucius Classroom at Highland Park Middle School
May 23th, 2014
The Confucius Institute at the University of Texas at Dallas announced the opening of the Confucius Classroom at Highland Park Middle School on Friday, May 23, 2014. Dr. Dennis M. Kratz, Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities and Executive Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Texas at Dallas; Dr. Ming Dong Gu, Director of Confucius Institute; Professor Zhang Qianyuan, associate director, Ms. Sharon Yang, assistant director, and Ms. Chen Wang, Confucius Classroom coordinator, participated in the opening ceremony. Hosted by Dr. Laurie Hitzelberger, Principal of Highland Park Middle School, the ceremony lasted about 30 minutes. Dr. Dawson Orr, Superintendent of Highland Park ISD, Ms. Susan McCormick, director of arts, Ms. Edna Phythian, director of global connections, Ms. Minning Wu, Chinese program coordinator and some student representatives attended and celebrated the inauguration of the new Confucius Classroom. Founded in 1914, Highland Park Middle School is a secondary school with over 2500 students. Joining the program will help the school to start and expand its Chinese language program.
To date, the Confucius Institute at the University of Texas at Dallas has established 10 Confucius Classrooms in local primary and secondary schools. They have played a very important role in helping younger American generations to learn and understand Chinese language and culture.