“JOURNEY EAST:” LELAND AND GRAY’S CHINA PROGRAM

Journey-East-students-2012Tom Connor, director of Leland and Gray’s “Journey East,” announced today that an information session for students interested in participating in the 2014 Asian Studies Academy and month-long performance tour of China will be held in the Music Room at Leland and Gray from 6:30 to 8:00 P.M. on Thursday, January 24. Interested students and their parents are invited and encouraged to attend. A second session, for those unable to attend on the 24th, will be held at the same time and place on Tuesday, the 29th. 

The Journey East Program, initially funded by the Freeman Foundation and with major support from the University of Vermont’s award winning Asian Studies Outreach Program, was created at Leland and Gray in 2000. Over 200 students from host Leland and Gray and area schools including Brattleboro, Twin Valley, Burr and Burton, Green Mountain, The Compass School, Bellow Falls and others have participated. Over 40 students from the aforementioned schools have brought their energy and talents to the high school in previous years, enriching the program and their home schools and becoming valued members of the Journey East community.

BCTV Presents Journey East - Mongolian Performance

at Landmark College

From China to Leland and Gray!

Ms. Xu Xinger from Yuhang High School, and Haley Buffum and Robbie Litchfield, LG students from Jamaica, join a scavenger hunt through the town of Townshend.

Twenty-four students and three administrators from China spent a week in an intensive language and culture summer camp at Leland and Gray. The students, ranging in age from 15 to 17, are part of Leland and Gray’s international program with Yuhang and Yunhe, two “sister-schools” in Zhejiang Province, China.

The students stayed with 14 host families in the communities served by Leland and Gray and interacted on a daily basis with as many as 22 Leland and Gray middle and high school students. The program was designed to provide diverse opportunities for the students to spend time with their American peers, visit local cultural and historical sites, and receive daily English instruction with veteran ESL teacher, Bill Conley, of Dummerston, who was assisted by Vermont Teacher of the Year, Ms. Tong Chen, and Winhall artist, Mr. Paul Molinelli.

 

Journey East Returns Home

 

Tom Conner
Townshend, VT May 2012

journey eastSpontaneous Combustion"

This show toured throughout China during this past month, and will be presented to the public on Saturday, May 5, in the Dutton Gym at Leland and Gray Union and Middle High School at 7:30 P.M.

The show, created by directors Ron Kelley, long-time music teacher at the school, Jennifer Connor, 21st Century Grant Coordinator in the WCSU, and 18 students from Leland and Gray, Brattleboro Union High School and Green Mountain High School, was enthusiastically received by audiences ranging from kindergarteners and primary school students in special Mongolian schools in Inner Mongolia to middle school, college and university students in Chongqing and Sichuan Province in southwest China and in Shandong Province in eastern China.

The performance, created especially for limited English-speaking audiences, was designed to appeal to young and old alike and features body percussion, juggling, song, dance, gymnastics, silent comedy routines, a Chinese fable with  translation by senior Eric Ginter, mime and a lot of action.

journey-east-sm23-2The doors will open at 7:00 P.M. and the 7:30 performance will be preceded by a slide show of the group’s activities in China, and a special video of their final instrumental and dance collaborations with Chinese and Mongolian students at the Arts College of Inner Mongolia University.

A Q and A session with program participants will follow the show.

Admission is free!



For additional information on the performance or the Journey East Program contact Mr. Tom Connor at: 365-7355 or by email: tconnor@lelandandgray.org

Area Students Heading To China

Tom Connor

Journey East Website

March 23, 2012 Townshend, VT  IMG 7791Since being accepted into the program in February of 2011, 18 high school students from host Leland and Gray and area schools have been gearing up to depart for a month-long performance tour of China as a part of “Journey East: Leland and Gray’s Sino-American Academy and Arts Exchange.” Beginning this past January, the 18 students, ranging in age from 14 to 17, have been enrolled in China-related courses at Leland and Gray in preparation for their month-long performance /study tour of China.

Initiated at Leland and Gray in 2000, the Journey East Program has provided over 200 high school students with the opportunity to study China in depth and to spend an unforgettable month experiencing China firsthand. The program has hosted students from area schools such as Leland and Gray, Brattleboro, Bellows Falls, Green Mountain, The Compass School, Twin Valley and Burr and Burton.

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Journey East Reflections

Journey East is an Asian studies immersion program here at Leland and Gray.

Tom Connor, the founder of Journey East, asked the alum of the program to write a reflection on how the program has affected their lives.

The Journey East Program, initially funded by the Freeman Foundation and with major support from the University of Vermont’s award winning Asian Studies Outreach Program, was created at Leland and Gray in 2000. Over 250 students from host Leland and Gray and area schools including Brattleboro, Twin Valley, Burr and Burton, Green Mountain, The Compass School, Bellow Falls and others have participated. Over 40 students from the aforementioned schools have brought their energy and talents to the high school in previous years, enriching the program and their home schools and becoming valued members of the Journey East community.