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NO. R-202. JOINT RESOLUTION HONORING THE LELAND AND GRAY UNION HIGH SCHOOL AND MIDDLE SCHOOL'S JOURNEY EAST: A SINO-AMERICAN CULTURAL EXCHANGE.

(J.R.H. 157)

Offered by: Representatives Darrow of Newfane and Partridge of Windham.

Whereas, following the China visit of Tom Connor, a history teacher at Leland and Gray Union High School and Middle School in Townshend and Dr. Holden Waterman, Superintendent of the Windham Central Supervisory Union, that focused on education and included viewing of student artistic performances, these individuals, in collaboration with Leland and Gray theater instructor Ann Landenberger and music instructor Ron Kelley, developed a grant proposal for Leland and Gray performing arts students to tour China as part of a cultural exchange, and

Whereas, the Freeman Foundation has funded this creative and innovative proposal, entitled Journey East: A Sino-American Cultural Exchange, and

Whereas, the Governor's Institute on Asian Cultures has served as an academic foundation for the Leland and Gray project, and

Whereas, important advice and support for the project has come from Dr. Juefei Wang, director of the University of Vermont's Asian Studies Outreach Program, and

Whereas, in April, Leland and Gray students Georgia Anderson, Elayna Bischof, Andrea Carusona, Brendan Connor, Carolyn DeMarsico, Eric Durocher, Julia DeWalt, Kestrel Feiner-Homer, Marty Fitzpatrick, Suzannah Cooke, Geneva Holden, Beau Holder, Conor Landenberger, Rebecca Liss, Joe Magnant, Jamie Meehl, Maura Scully, Bridget Tweedy, April Wachtel and Jeff Wells, accompanied by the three faculty members who drafted the proposal, as well as chaperones Rachel Doty and Jenny Connor, will travel for two weeks through China, presenting an original, highly interactive, music-theater piece, and upon their return, the students will perform this unique theatrical presentation on stages around Vermont, and

Whereas, in September, a delegation of student performers from the Inner Mongolia College of the Performing Arts will tour New England, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the students and faculty of the Leland and Gray Union High School and Middle School for developing this educational and artistic exchange that will strengthen Sino-American intercultural cooperation and understanding, and be it further

Resolved: That a copy of this resolution be sent to Dr. Holden Waterman at the Windham Central Supervisory Union, to Dr. Juefei Wang at the Asian Studies Outreach Program at the University of Vermont and to each participating teacher and student at Leland and Gray Union High School and Middle School.