Did you know you could learn the Chinese language right here in Huntersville?
The Great Wall School of Education was founded in Huntersville in 2005. It offers simplified Mandarin Chinese language instruction.
Students meet for two hours on Saturdays to work on reading, writing, speaking and listening comprehension.
All the teachers at Great Wall School of Education are native speakers with college degrees and Chinese teaching certificates. Students learn via language immersion.
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The school also offers summer camps based in Beijing that last from four to eight weeks for ages 11 to 18.
Classes meet at the Great Wall School of Education, Huntersville Presbyterian Church education building, 201 S. Old Statesville Road, Huntersville. For details, call 704-728-2679 or visit www.charlottechineseschool.org.
The really big show
What a treat it was to a have a real snowstorm in Huntersville last weekend! We have lived here for more than five years and finally had snow more than 2 inches deep.
The great thing about a Carolina snowstorm is that it can go from the high 60s one day to a snowstorm the next, then melt in just a few days.
At the end of a hectic week, we all had to slow down and stay put.
Out came snow gear stashed deep in our closets, the hunt for matching gloves and the realization that our kids have outgrown the coats and boots of years past.
Many a kid stood in their foyer, bursting out of their old outerwear like The Incredible Hulk. The uncontained excitement in the eyes of our kids was worth the extra effort.
What I found most endearing about this snowstorm was the many families out enjoying the snow together.
Kids and families found slopes to sled on all over town. From Cambridge Grove and Hampton Ridge to Macaulay, crowds gathered to design, create and build their own mini-X-Games events.
What kids used as sleds and snowboards was impressive: moving boxes, garbage can lids or just belly-surfing on the snow.
Old Man Winter, come again soon, before our kids outgrow this year's snow gear. We promise to learn how to drive safely so we're ready for the next storm.