By Douglas Yu
Kwong Kow Chinese School (KKCS) hosted its “Aspiring to Wisdom and Virtue” gala on Dec. 1 at the China Pearl restaurant in Quincy. It featured performances starring the school’s students.
“I want to thank you all for coming to the gala to support Kwong Kow Chinese school,” said Janet Wu, event emcee and reporter for WCVB-TV.
John Fish, Chairman and CEO of Suffolk Construction Company; Paul Lee, Partner at law firm Goodwin Procter; and Theresa So, Board Director of KKCS were recognized at the gala.
“KKCS will be 100 years old in four years. I want to thank everyone for their support, especially the generous donations when new teaching building of KKCS was established,” said Theresa Tsoi, chairperson of KKCS Board of Directors. “It provides a wonderful place for kids to study, and enables KKCS to keep aiding and serving families and communities.”
The gala featured a raffle including sports memorabilia, vacation packages and restaurant packages. Boston Mayor Thomas Menino was honored at the event and celebrated KKCS’s receiving $130,000 in funding.
Lion dances by Wah Lum Kung Fu and Tai Chi Academy students took place. Students also recited the ballad of Mulan in Chinese.
George Salinas, whose daughter performed in the dulcimer quartet, said, “I think learning Chinese is very important. It’s a future language.”
Salinas came from Peru and realized the importance of learning Chinese when his daughter was six. “When she was a kid, she was taken care of by a Chinese nanny,” he said. “Gradually she started learning to speak Chinese. She now can write Chinese characters, we’re very proud of her.”
KKCS, located at 87 Tyler Street, is a nonprofit organization. Its mission is to disseminate Chinese language and culture to Chinese and non-Chinese learners through formal and informal learning opportunities.