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July 22, 2009 > Fremont Chinese School wins $10,000 Mass Mutual Grant

Fremont Chinese School wins $10,000 Mass Mutual Grant

Submitted By Erica Zeidenberg
Photos By Courtesy of Erica Zeidenberg

Fremont Chinese School received a $10,000 grant from Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) as part of MassMutual's national Community Service Award (CSA) program. The non-profit Chinese language and culture weekend school has been supporting the Fremont community since 1972. It focuses on promoting the Chinese language, culture and heritage to both Chinese and non-Chinese members of the Bay Area community. With 850 students, 60 teachers and 70 staff members, who are all volunteers, the school offers 43 language classes for K-12 students as well as for adults. It also offers extracurricular activities such as Chinese yo-yo, calligraphy, abacus, music, dancing and more. The school offers high school-level language courses now accredited at many local school districts.

The Grant will fund additional language classes and teachers. It will also, provide scholarships to financially needy students. The Fremont Chinese School is one of only ten organizations nationally to win the award. MassMutual made the grant in honor of Mayling Way. Way is a MassMutual agent with the San Francisco Bay Area Insurance Agency in Fremont and a 15-year volunteer Chinese language volunteer teacher with the school.

"We at the Fremont Chinese School are greatly honored to receive this Community Service Award, especially in this difficult economic climate," said Alice Tong, principal of the Fremont Chinese School. "We will be using the funds to continue offering language classes to those students who do not have a Mandarin environment at home, particularly to older students who generally have nowhere else to go to get these classes. We will also use the funds to hire teachers who can work with these non-Mandarin students, and we will be offering scholarships to students who are having difficulty paying the school tuition," said Tong.

MassMutual has funded $820,000 in CSA grants since the program began in 1998. To register for the Mandarin classes for non-Mandarin speakers at the Fremont Chinese School, prospective students may call the school at 510-468-9905.

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