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Maryland Volunteers Help Pave the Way to a Better Future for Children in Anhui

From June 5-7, 23 volunteers comprised of University of Maryland Smith School of Business alumni,Executives from of Maryland companies in China and friends traveled to Shexian, Huangshan city in Anhui Province for a three-day trip supporting the installation process of eight rural elementary school libraries.

These were eight of the thirty libraries that were funded by the TEAM MARYLAND Fundraiser Dinner at Hyatt on the Bund Hotel on November 27, 2009 in support of The Library Project, a non-profit organization that provides books and libraries to schools and orphanages in remote or impoverished areas in China.

A donation ceremony was held at Wuchuan Elementary School on June 7 and presided by Mr.Changming XIANG, the Deputy Director-General of Foreign Affairs Office of Anhui Province, Mr.Ning HU, Vice-chairman of CPPCC Huangshan Committee and Mr. Ning SHAO, Chief Representative of Maryland in China to address at the ceremony. The event held special significance this year due to the celebration of the Anhui-Maryland 30-year anniversary of the sister state relationship. 30 years ago, Anhui's leader Mr. Wan Li and Dr. John Toll, University of Maryland President worked together to form one of the very first sister state relationships between US and China. The thirty libraries established through the cooperation of Maryland community are dedicated to the children in Anhui, in the belief that education is the path to the future, the best way to celebrate this historical relationship and sincere friendship between the Chinese and American people.

Volunteers from Smith School and well-known Maryland organizations such as Black & Decker, Shanghai United Family Hospital, Perdue Farms and Discovery Channel enjoyed the opportunity to engage with Chinese
children in rural schools that most of them have never experienced otherwise. Not only did the participants devote themselves to the physical work of establishing libraries �Ccategorizing books, assembling furniture and bookshelves, they are also told historical stories between Anhui Province and Maryland State, shared the key aspects of Americanm culture and Chinese culture, and demonstrated the magnificent learnings that can come from reading.

National and local media, such as the China News, Huangshan Morning Post, Huangshan TV,Shexian TV and many local websites reported the events. Pictures and press release information
is included below and we encourage everyone to stay involved �C details about our next fundraising effort will come out soon!

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