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Kids' Corner

The Regent Chiang Mai supports Im Jai House

Hot and dry on Songkran?

Disabled students can study in normal schools

Kids' Corner

Marvin had such a good holiday that he didnít want to go back to school. I told him that he had to because if he didnít then he wouldnít learn anything. Then when he grew up he wouldnít be able to get a job because he wouldnít be able to read or write properly. I explained to Marvin that many children in the world want to go to school but they canít because their family is too poor or it is too far for them to travel to get there. He realized that he was very lucky to have a nice school to go to and so he went without complaining. When he got there, Marvin started playing with his friends and he was very happy. At school he really likes to do maths. What is your favorite thing at school? Write to Marvin and tell him. You can send your letter to:

Marg and Marvin

Chiangmai Mail Publishing Co., Ltd.

142 Im-boon Housing Estate

Soi 1, Muangsamut Road, Tambon Changmoi

Muang District, Chiang Mai 50300

Email: [email protected]

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JOKES

1) What kind of shoes are not made from leather?

2) What can you touch with your left foot but not your right foot?

3) How long should a personís legs be?

4) What do lawyers wear?

ANSWERS

1) Horseshoes

2) Your right knee

3) Long enough to touch the ground.

4) Lawsuits

Bye from Marg and Marvin


The Regent Chiang Mai supports Im Jai House

The staff of the Regent Chiang Mai visited Im Jai House on April 29 to present a charitable donation of 35,000 baht plus much-needed toys and sporting goods equipment.

The Regent Chiang Mai Resort Manager Somock Inthavong (right) makes a donation to Ban Im Jai, represented here by Suriya Asa (left).

The funds were raised through guest donations during a chamber music concert at the resort on Feb 27, which were put together with donations from the staff.

The charity concert featured Thailandís H.E. Privy Councilor Rear Admiral ML Usni Pramoj, concertmaster of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra Moshe Murvitz, and his daughter Batia Murvitz, a well-known concert pianist.

The donations will assist the foundation care for abandoned children who lost their parents to AIDS and who tested negative for HIV. Children with parents who are no longer able to care for them also reside at the home.


Hot and dry on Songkran?

Cheryl Keegan

In the two weeks leading up to Songkran, three small village schools outside Mae Hong Son were alive with activities. As part of the service requirement for their IB Creativity Action Service Programmed, 14 students from Prem Tinsulanonda International School taught Music, Art, Sports, Science and English, to children who willingly signed up for the Holiday Enrichment Programmed in Nai Soi, Mae Sa Pae and Doi Seh.

Making bubbles in the name of science.

Teaching English is a lot easier by doing something. Making masks was one of the tasks.

Over the 12 teaching days, guitars were strummed, science paper spinners floated through the hot air, baseball games were won and lost, and very scary masks were made among countless other activities.

The Prem students had spent several weeks carefully preparing each dayís three hours of lessons, often producing the necessary materials and inventing what they did not have. This meticulous preparation paid off when they saw the expectant faces of their pupils every day, waiting for the magic which came out of cartons and plastic bags.

The Mae Hong Son pupils ranged in age from three to sixteen years. Each group held a different challenge and each school was wonderful in its own way. Prem students developed a special place in their hearts, however, for the tiny students of Khun Arteet. Arteet, a trainee volunteer teacher, runs a two roomed school in a dusty bowl of open ground at the bottom of a bone jolting mountain road, one kilometer from the Burmese border.

Arteetís tiny learners came running from their woven houses as the utility arrived each morning, bringing their new Ďteachersí. Their bare schoolroom brightened with strings of colored shapes, drawings of animals and clothing, and lumps of luminous play dough. They delighted in the "best tinfoil boat competition" (displacement in science) and in age-old English games like "Duck Duck Goose".

Art - life size.

Team building and team games were great fun for all - and donít they look cute?

They took up bats and in temperatures over 100 degrees, played tough games of baseball. They mixed and blew huge bubbles and sang their hearts out to drink-can percussion bands. They taught us all lessons about making the absolute best of what you have.

Despite heat and dust, long bumpy roads, nightly meetings to double check the next dayís lessons and working hard for two weeks of vacation, the Prem students who traveled north to Mae Hong Son would not have missed it for anything.


Disabled students can study in normal schools

Phayao Provincial Education Office shows the way

Following the National Primary Education Bill 1999, the disabled can apply to study in normal schools under the jurisdiction of the Primary Education Office.

The disabled will have equal education opportunities.

Thongchai Toonkam, the director of Phayao Provincial Education Office said that to carry out the National Primary Education Bill policy, Phayao Provincial Education Office has ordered every school to admit the disabled.

"In the Educational Year 2003, every school in Phayao Province must admit disabled students, if their parents bring them to apply," said Thongchai.

The Bill is to provide for education for everyone, despite physical or mental handicaps, and to give the disabled the opportunity of education.



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