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CMIS Students Caring for Their Community

Talented kids succeed at Yamaha Music Festival

CMIS Students Caring for Their Community

High School students enjoying their interaction with
the children at the Lawa Hostel.

Lori Mack, CMIS teacher
“Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world.
For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.” – Margaret Mead

A group photo from the November CMIS community service visit to the Lawa Hostel.
Embedded in the school vision and mission of Chiang Mai International School is the importance of service to others. The school recognizes and embraces its role in fostering students who understand the need for civic engagement. Graduates from CMIS are required to perform a minimum of 60 hours of community service in order to earn their diplomas. Chiang Mai provides numerous opportunities for our students to help others: through tutoring younger students after school, working at local orphanages, helping to feed and clothe the needy or teaching Sunday school at local churches, CMIS students are giving to their community. Their involvement in service projects not only provides assistance to others, but also allows students to develop job skills and define interests for future study or service.
On November 10, nine CMIS students joined the ACE! program in building check-dams just outside the city. These dams are essential for providing water for local villages. Six other students from CMIS offered their time to translate at the Taipei Home of Christ Church, and sixteen others spent the day in Mae Jo at the Lawa Hostel painting the residents’ computer building, teaching computer skills, and leading play activities with the younger Lawa students. A relationship between CMIS kids and the Lawa students has been established, and will continue to be nurtured through ongoing service projects at the site. CMIS senior, Lauren Hazlett, reflected on her time building the check-dams: “It feels like you are changing things while at the same time, you can have a lot of fun.” These students are making a difference through their gifts of time. They are changing the world through their caring acts.

CMIS teacher Katherine Axiak oversees the painting crew at the Lawa Hostel.

Talented kids succeed at Yamaha Music Festival

The winners proudly show off their certificates of achievement.

The Yamaha Thailand Music Festival selection round for the Northern Thai region was held at Payap University on November 3rd and 4th.  Congratulations are due to Nattaporng Wanitchakul, (center), the Prathom 1 student who won the Yamaha Golden Prize for electronic ensemble, and to Kanthida Sriwichien, (left) also a Prathom 1 student, who won the Yamaha Silver Prize for the same discipline.  Congratulations as well to Ranchana Yarmsiri, (right) again from Prathom 1, who received the Yamaha Golden Prize for classical piano. All of the successful candidates were from Varee Chiang Mai School. 
Thanks go to the Siam Yamaha Musical School at Payap University, who organised the contest.  Well done, everyone!

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