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Gifts to Nourish Gardens and Giving

Tzu Chi Education Foundation cooperates with a Los Angeles-based community organization to distribute free compost soil, and volunteers introduce Tzu Chi’s bamboo banks to people waiting in line. Photo/Debbie Lee Written by Debbie Lee, Judy Chuck, Michelle YoungTranslated by Hong (Ariel) ChanEdited by Ida Eva Zielinska Summer was about to begin, yet the weather was surprisingly gloomy and cold on May 28, 2022, with intermittent drizzle. Nonetheless, at 8:00 AM,

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Altruism, One Small Bite at a Time

Just like Dharma Master Cheng Yen’s adult disciples, students at Tzu Chi Walnut Education Park take initiative to end all suffering (in their own small way). Children of all ages have the opportunity to eat healthy, plant-based meals and learn about how they are saving the Earth at the very same time.

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El Menahil International School Takes on Anti-bullying in Schools Program to Promote Great Love

Founded by the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation in 2015, El Menahil International School serves Syrian families displaced by violence and conflict by providing education and support for children, adults, and their families. Designed to boost awareness and build upon the concepts of great love without limits, the Tzu Chi Character Education team established an “Anti-bullying in Schools” program to help students and teachers spot the signs of bullying. Also taught in the U.S., this program was carried out via a 30-minute group class. The one-week course took place from February 28 to March 4, 2022.

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Tzu Chi Education Foundation Spreads Awareness As Students Take The Lead

Tzu Chi Education Foundation of the United States held a market at the Walnut Farm to promote vegetarianism and raise funds for Taiwanese vaccines. The picture shows the volunteers introducing the plants of the farm to the guests. Photo/ Yung Chung Tseng Written by Lu Tzu Li and Chien Chun LiTranslated by H.B. QinEdited by Maggie Morgan The Tzu Chi Education Campus’ Life Science Farm in Walnut, California is usually

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Tzu Chi Launches Online Character Education

Teachers from around the world come online to learn how to conduct character education courses. Photo/Courtesy of Tzu Chi Education Foundation Written by Wendy WangTranslated by H. B. QinEdited by Diana Chang, Ida Eva Zielinska The Tzu Chi Education Foundation’s Character Education Team aims to develop good character in children through an age-appropriate and lively teaching style that integrates Jing Si Aphorisms into formal education.  In the past, the Character

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Teachers Expand Upon Tzu Chi’s Environmentally Friendly City at Great Love Preschool

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the fast-growing youngsters at Tzu Chi USA’s Great Love Preschool in Walnut, California, couldn’t freely explore and learn about their neighborhoods as they once might have. Collecting recyclable cardboard boxes of assorted sizes, they designed each of them as a team to resemble various vehicles large enough for the children to wear and cruise around in. Previously, teachers and students alike had made their very own city to give thanks for everyone’s hard work, and the students used this city of Great Love as part of their lesson.

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Tzu Chi Education Begins Its Return to the Classroom in California and Texas

In March of 2020, when multiple states established shelter-in-place procedures to safeguard communities during the spread of COVID-19, many presumed the pandemic would only last a few months at most. Yet, more than a year has passed, and the pandemic is still ongoing. During this time of great uncertainty, people’s lives and routines have faced myriad transformations. This also included the youngest members of the community, as schools closed and quickly shifted to facilitate remote learning. In February, however, the CDC announced that students from pre-K to K-12 would be allowed to return to school for in-person learning, provided careful guidelines could be upheld.

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A Community Finds Peace and Wisdom in Nature

During the pandemic, what was once a lively garden where children joyfully frolicked with friends had suddenly become a very quiet space. California had issued stay-at-home orders to uphold the wellness of communities, and guests couldn’t come to visit the garden. After some time and thoughtful discussions, however, the hopes of Tzu Chi USA’s education team had come to fruition through the reopening of a “Life Science Farm,” allowing the children to once again bask in the sunshine, birdsong, and fragrant flowers.

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