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Fresh Fish Traders advocates free education with a $80,000 project

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Fresh Fish Traders advocates free education with a $80,000 project

source: mingpaonews

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Leung Gei-cheong, principal of Fresh Fish Traders' School (near the window) plans to exempt students from exercise books fee for a year for the next school year with the use of 800,000 dollars donation, but the textbooks needed to be recycled in use. The photo shows students reading in the Principal's Office.

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Taking care of grassroot students is the mission of Fresh Fish Traders' school, and the school receives public donations from enthusiastic people. The school single-day combined donation records a total of 110,000 dollars, and checks received occupy the entire principal's table.

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Despite Hong Kong offers 12 years of free education, family inevitably has to pay more than 2,000 dollars a year for books. Thus, Fresh Fish Traders' School launches a 80 million project-"three-free Scheme" exempting student books fee, classroom fee and extra-curricular activities fee by the next school year, in addition to giving school bags, pencil cases, other such stationery to realize free education for all. Parents benefiting from this project can save nearly 3,000 dollars.

 

Since this newspaper featured an article on Fresh Fish Traders' school "exchange homework for food" program, from Feburary to date, Fresh school has received donation everyday. The highest single-day donation record is 110,000 dollars and as of yesterday donation reached 120 million in contributions. As a result of idealist donation, starting 2009/2010, the school will implement a 800,000 dollars "three-free Scheme" program, exempting students a year of exercise books fee, classroom fee, extra-curricular activities fee, and the school has plans to offer free or reduced cost breakfast. A total of 300 students from Freshh school will be exempt from classroom and extra-curricular activities fee for one year and 180 students who are not CSSA recipients can be exempted from paying the expenses of exercise books for a year. Aside from free exercise books and learning fee, Fresh Fish Traders' School will give a school bag, a pencil case, a stationery package to all students from the donation.

 

Introducing free education is the principal of Fresh Fish Traders' School, Leung Gei-Cheong's dream, and he hopes to exempt students from school expenses with the contributions. Leung Gei-cheong says that the majority of Fresh Fish Traders' School students come from the grassroots level, and he hopes that each student will be given an equal opportunity to learn, "parents have to rely on borrowing money for the purchase of textbooks for their children in the past, I hope this project can reduce the burden of the parents." The annual cost of the program is 800,000 dollars, to which Leung says, "At least we can implement the program for one year, then, we'll take a step at a time." Leung Gei-cheong says that although the exercise books are free of charge, the textbooks bought by schools will be reused, so students need to properly preserve them, if students vandalize the textbooks or even deliberately draw on textbooks to "unusable", the school will require parents to compensate.

 

Fresh Fish Traders' school receives many types of donations, some donors directly send checks to the school; some people donate toys and stationery received from buying food in fast food restaurant, and a manufacturer in Dongguan specifically produces school bags and pencil cases with the school's logo also produces an additional 30 pencil cases hoping to help attract more students to enroll in the school. Due to Type A H1N1 influenza epidemic, Fresh Fish Traders' School creates an "alternative" benefit from the contribution, of which the school has been donated 280 boxes of masks. Principal Leung says that each student will be given a box of masks, and students may wear a mask if necessary to classes. The school has also allocates 12,000 dollars to install a hand sanitizer machine outside of each classroom, making that a total of 22 machines, to encourage students to pay attention to personal hygiene.

 

"I hope that more students can study hard!" over 70-years-old Mrs. Tse says she is touched after she read the article on Fresh Fish Traders' school "exchange complete homework for food" program. Mrs. Tse is a resident in Canada too, and while she returns to Hong Kong to visit relatives, she carries 50 cans of canned food from Tsz Wan Shan to Tai Kok Tsui's Fresh Fish Traders' school in order to encourage students to study.

 

On return to Hong Kong to visit relatives last month, Mrs. Tse stays in a relative family home in Tsz Wan Shan. Mrs. Tse has donated twice to Fresh school. In addition to donating food, toys, she also donates 50 cans of luncheon meat on the day before she returns to Canada. Mrs. Tse says, "When the Japanese invaded China, people were charitable to offer me food, and that's how I can survive to today." She says if no one has helped her that day, she can not survive to this day, so she wishes to help others with her ability.

 

Principal Leung is shocked while grateful for old lady's kindness after witnessing a more than 70-years-old woman carrying 50 cans of canned food to school. After Principal Leung stacks all 50 cans of canned food, the canned goods cover the entire sofa, as if a "canned goods Mountain", he says, "If students don't study hard, they are inhumane! "

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wow that was a nice a thing the old lady did , donating to help others is a good thing :) and its also a good thing to open up a school were people will be given the oppertunity to learn and maybe obtain a skill :D .

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I am puzzled at the financial resouces of the people Hong Kong some can afford millions of HK$ to get their into a school of their choice while some are having problem to purchase shool books.

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