Group gets insight into public school system; local youths also benefit


Doe Creek Middle School officials partnered with China Project Hope to invite Chinese students to visit the school for a day to get a feel for what American public schools are like. Pictured are (back row, from left DCMS Principal Jim Voelz, Chinese teacher Shi Ling, David Bogle, Trevor Darley, Xiao Kunpeng, Avery Biggs, Sophia Chenzi, Haley Harrison, Yang Ziyi, Grace Voelz and Dwana Sandala of China Project Hope; (front row) Carson Gavin, Feng Xiaotian, Matthew True, Jacob Hockett, Xu He, Jia Yaozhang, Yu Haike and Dane Reid. (Kristy Deer / Daily Reporter)

NEW PALESTINE — Several years ago, Doe Creek Middle School Principal Jim Voelz traveled to China, where he saw firsthand just how differently educators approach instruction.

“They are extremely disciplined over there and have gates around the schools,” Voelz said. “Their students each day are taking in so much information; it is full bore with much longer school days.”     

It was such an eye-opening experience that when an acquaintance from the program, China Project Hope, contacted Voelz and asked if he could play host to a Chinese teacher and seven Chinese middle school students for the day, he was eager to reciprocate.

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