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Partners will push Hongqiao center for the good of all

THE Shanghai Community International School and the Community Center Shanghai have announced a partnership making SCIS the "Founding Partner" for the CCS's new Hongqiao center.

To launch the partnership there will be a grand opening on May 8 at 5pm at the new CCS Hongqiao center (5/F, No. 201, Lane 3215 Hongmei Road).

The Community Center Shanghai's mission is to build a community in Shanghai, which will allow families and individuals to maximize their potential as citizens living abroad and contribute to the progress of Shanghai and China. From its beginning in Pudong to its expansion into the heart of Puxi, the Community Center now serves more than 10,000 international families and uniquely addresses the growing needs of the international community while building bridges to local communities and citizens. It offers an avenue connecting international residents through social, educational and charitable programs to the people, culture and energy of China.

CCS also offers a variety of resources including cross-cultural orientation and training, professional counseling, adult education, charity programs and social connections for young people.

"The need for a community center in Hongqiao has been long-standing; schools such as ours play a major role in the life of an expatriate community so it is a natural fit for us to help establish a community center here in Hongqiao, the historic home of expatriates in Shanghai," says Daniel Eschtruth, director of Marketing and Admission at Shanghai Community International School.

SCIS has a long-standing legacy of putting the community at the core of its mission by inviting non-parent community members into what is commonly only a parent association, by establishing community service projects for students from pre-school through grade 12 to take part in (which is particularly highlighted in their IB CAS program), and by hosting fundraisers, sorting parties, and charitable events on its central Puxi campus.

"By connecting our diverse expertise and our family and staff members' passion for community building, we are able to positively impact community centers and stakeholders. This will allow us to be more involved in relevant social issues, further enriching the lives of those in the Shanghai community, both expat and local," says Michael Donaldson, head of school, SCIS Hongqiao campus.

The partnership between SCIS and CCS will enable them to pull together their resources, combine similar programs, and broaden the scope and access of both organizations to their internal and external communities.


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