In an effort to provide more authentic experiences with native speakers of Chinese as well more opportunities for cultural exchanges, families of Southeast Chinese Program students are matched with Chinese students who are attending Tulsa University. The TU students join Southeast Chinese Program families for all-American celebrations such as birthday parties, Halloween Trick-or-Treating, and Thanksgiving dinners as well as fun outings such as football games, homecoming parades and putt-putt golf.
Parent Action Committee:
The Parent Action Committee has taken on the responsibility of community building for the Southeast Chinese Program families. By surveying program families, committee members have been able to assess the needs and desires of those involved and then plan events that are meaningful and enjoyable for all.
Parents As Helpers:
Jenks Southeast families are known for their willingness to volunteer their time and talents and the Southeast Chinese Program parents actively continue this tradition. Establishing a new program brings many opportunities for cutting, coloring, printing, etc., and program parents are always ready and willing to contribute.
Parents As Learners:
In order to keep up with their children, parents of students in the Southeast Chinese Program have taken advantage of every opportunity to increase their own knowledge of the Chinese language. As a means of providing language support for parents of program students, Mandarin Chinese for Parents classes are being offered through the JPS Community Education office. Beginning Monday, February 25, 2013, and continuing through for 8 weeks, the classes will be held each Monday evening from 6:30 – 8:00 PM in the Southeast Media Center. Cost for the series of 8 classes is $100 and class size will be limited to 30 participants. For more information, please contact the JPS Community Education office at 298-0340.
Two moms from each class, Kindergarten, First Grade, and Second Grade, and Third Grade have volunteered to serve as homeroom moms. Along with this volunteer job come a myriad of projects that benefit class members from holiday parties to t-shirts to class field trips.