Student exchanges betwixt Long Beach and its sister metropolis successful China — Qingdao — were canceled due to the fact that of the coronavirus pandemic.
But the Long Beach-Qingdao Association has continued to promoting the speech of ideas by creating a Digital Pen Pal Program that created partnerships betwixt students successful some countries. Those pen pals past competed for assistance wealth by creating projects, successful immoderate format they chose, that explained and showed what they learned astir the experience.
“Our speech programs are typically in-country and in-person for a meaningful collaboration, but with the Covid-19 pandemic, each the in-person plans person been enactment connected clasp since past year,” relation President Susan Redfield said successful a release. “The integer format enables the pen pals to beryllium champion pals expeditiously, arsenic they are connected to each different 24/7.”
There were 48 students from universities successful the U.S. and China successful this year’s program. The full group, positive relation members, volition stitchery connected Zoom for the uncover of winning projects connected Sunday, Aug. 29.
Six scholarships volition beryllium awarded, 3 for associated projects and 3 for idiosyncratic submissions. The $5,000 assistance cookware volition beryllium divided, with a $1,200 archetypal spot grant successful associated projects and a $1,000 grant for the champion idiosyncratic submission. Second volition get $800 and 3rd $600 successful some categories.
“The submissions are truly awesome and volition beryllium disposable connected our website aft the grant ceremonial connected August 29th,” Redfield said. “I’m gladsome I’m not 1 of the judges!”