Every year, the school has been involved in many charity programs to give back to the community.These are opportunities for our students to model and develop character and practice global citizenship. These events are successful because of our many parent/family, teacher, student, and community volunteers.
Art Charity Program
The SMIC Private School has organized the Art Charity Program since 2004. The exhibition showcases our students’ art work while connecting proceeds to community service. All proceeds (beyond expenses) are used to help disadvantaged children and to show our love for those children during the holiday season. For this event, our student creativity is displayed through their art work, which is available for purchase for the school community. The event also raises donations through auction events to help the disadvantaged children. At the same time, students have the opportunity to participate in live performances, or to serve as volunteers, while learning about the spirit of giving as part of developing good moral character.
On December 12th, 2015, the 12th Annual Share Our Love “Global Citizens” Charity Performance was held at the Shanghai Children’s Art Theater. There were popular performances from the International Day, like Lion King, Japanese dance, Thailand dance, British court dance, and professional performances like orchestra, piano, guitar, violin, as well as special performances, like choir, opera, martial arts, and sand painting. With the elaborate set of lighting, stage design, sound system and LED, the presentation was extremely appealing. Chancellor Dr. Hu announced the total proceeds of 280,000 RMB, which is the highest amount received in the 12 years of the charity sale.
The Giving Tree program, which is city-wide with dozens of schools and organizations contributing, has supported over 80,000 children since 2003 and is poised to give over 10,000 more children and teachers bags with school supplies, winter clothing, and a gift annually. Recipients are migrant school students and teachers in Shanghai and nearby provinces. They have access to limited educational resources, schools with large class sizes, and whose families often struggle to meet basic needs. The goal of the program is to inspire recipients to pay it forward.
Giving Tree provides SMIC with empty bags, information on each recipient (age, height, favorite color, preferred gift/toy), and arranges a ceremony where our students and our staff distribute the bags at the school. The SMIC Giving Tree Team and the MHS Community Service Club go to the school to hand out the bags and meet the children.
Read to Feed
The Read-to-Feed campaign is run by Heifer International, which is a non-profit organization that helping those in need. During the Read-to-Feed event, students are encouraged to get adults to sponsor them as they read, read, and read. The money raised is donated to Heifer International which is used towards helping people and families all over the world buy livestock to help sustain a better standard of living. Recipients of the livestock pay it forward through giving livestock to others at a later time. In previous years, SMIC have raised as much as 30,000 RMB in just a couple of weeks. Of course, the long-lasting benefits from this event are helping families in need increase their incomes, and our students benefit from reading practice and knowing that they are being global citizens.
30 Hour Famine
Each Spring, SMIC hosts World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine in the SMIC school gym. While fasting, students solicit sponsors who give donations, to help Africans who face lack of food. Around 200 hungry (but willing!) SMIC students and staff gather together to enjoy a great night of fun, fasting, and, at the end of the night, feasting. Through the night, students learn about the often overlooked issue of hunger in Africa through a series of games, stations, and videos. Each students, SMIC students are challenged to participate in record breaking fundraising and commit to "Go hungry to help hungry kids!"