Founder of the Foundation, Mr. Chao-Kuo Chen, felt deeply that only education could improve the various types of capabilities of a person while serving as the Chairman of the parents association and that of the alumni association of Salu Elementary School; disadvantaged students, however, are usually ignored in this regard. Based on this belief, he began to emphasize the importance of education for students and the desire to take care of disadvantaged students began to thrive. The belief and desire were supported by the capable and willing in the locality.
Founder of the Foundation, Mr. Chao-Kuo Chen, insists that one has to keep in mind where he is from and learn to give and take. Indebted to those having helped him since he started his own business, at the 30th anniversary of Kong Chou Construction, the Taichung County Kong Chou Education Foundation was created to provide partial assistance to young students, demonstrating the enthusiasm and value of an entrepreneur for education. Give Back to the Locality Without Forgetting Where One’s From
The Foundation, in honor of the underlying purposes of public interest and incentives for younger generations, is devoted to caring for outstanding yet poor students and promoting local education and culture, providing disadvantaged students in the locality with a steady learning environment so that they can focus on their studies. In addition to scholarships, it also provides internship opportunities and subsidizes students’ after-school care expenses.
On its 20th anniversary, for this year’s Kong Chou Cup Family Clay Contest, Lu Lu Marketplace that has been known for its devotion to local creative life was particularly invited to take part and add more cultural and creative momentum to the event. There was blood donation during the event. People were encouraged to share their love by donating their blood. Compared to prior years, it was further enriched and diversified this year. Chairman Chao-Guo Chen and Vice Chairman Chao-Ri Chen of Kong Chou Construction, and Chairman Hui-Mei Yang of the Foundation took the lead by donating blood to inspire Kong Chou staff and became the first to respond to this call for the interest of the general public. To welcome the Taichung World Flora Exposition, the contest this year combined the animal of the year and the flora exposition. With “the Year of the Dog With Colorful Flowers” as the theme, participants were able to make the best of their creativity. This has also indeed resulted in more creative honorable mentions among all the works in the contest. Large and small friends gathered in one place to not only play with clay but also appreciate the performances, play games, and donate blood. There were also more than 40 stands in the cultural and creative marketplace available for shopping. The whole event was filled with a noisy aura. The appearance of the secret guest - Flora Exposition Tiger, in particular, took the excitement to a climax; the mascot played and interacted with the passionate crowd. Kong Chou Education Foundation will continue to proactively promote clay art education to give back to society. Hopefully by learning about clay art, students will be helped to build confidence and integrate diversified intelligence and affection. It is deeply believed that aesthetic education should begin during childhood to help children develop a taste in life and have a feeling for beautiful things. Clay art also helps balance one’s physical and mental development. By organizing the family clay work event and encouraging participation as a family regardless of the number of generations, it also helps boost family relationships. Let clay art become part of the neighborhood, the family, and a national movement. In the meantime, it lives up to a belief in making life artistic and making art part of life. *E-news http://news.ltn.com.tw/news/life/breakingnews/2416470
Kong Chou Construction Staff and Their Family Gathering Over a Meal
A Thousand People Participate in the Family Clay Contest In order to answer to the aesthetic education policy, the Taichung City Government and Kong Chou Construction hold the Family Clay Contest each year together. The theme this year is “Miracle With Flowers and Chickens”. “Flowers” are combined as part of the theme particularly because of the 2018 Taichung World Flora Exposition. By playing with clay, children receive aesthetic education. This contest was open to families; it helped boost family relationships and promote clay art. The 19th Kong Chou Cup Family Clay Contest and Grandparent Clay Work Creativity Contest took place today (the 6th) at Shalu Elementary School. There was the evergreen group for grandparents, the Hongyu group for slow growers, the children’s group, the lower-grade group, mid-grade group, and high-grade group for elementary school students, six groups in total, with more than 1,000 participants. It was a noisy and heart-warming occasion. The Education Bureau indicates that clay art is the education proactively promoted throughout Taichung City. It has the first art syllabus in Taiwan. It is promoted among teachers to form a clay art community to advance their teaching skills. Seed schools researched and developed the City’s exclusive clay art aid and teaching approach. In addition, teachers are being developed through empowerment seminars for clay art teachers on campus. There are also clay artists and clay art volunteers on campus that jointly promote clay art. On holidays, there are family clay-making events, too, to allow clay art to reach out to families and communities to become a national movement. The Education Bureau expects to complete an official kiln in the Dajia District of Taichung City next year to serve as the outdoor teaching site for students and the clay art teaching promotion center. It is hoped that by learning clay art, it will help build confidence in the students and enable them to apply diversified intelligence and affection. The aesthetic education begins during childhood to develop a taste and for the balanced development of the body, the heart, and the mind. NOWnews Rong-Jun Liu/ Taichung 6:13 pm, May 6, 2017
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