_[The following is a translation of the Ryoko school's application for reconstructing the Ryoko primary school's basketball courts. The NGO sponsoring this project is YongNing Students, which serves to aid in the renovation and improvement of dilapidated schools. To find out more about YongNing Students, visit here!]
The Ryoko School, located in the Lijiang Ningland Yongning Township, is a small primary school in the village of Ryoko, which has approximately one thousand villagers. In the fall of 2011, the County Board of Education required the school to reintegrate their resources, transforming their five-year program to three grade schools, consisting of 29 students.
The school buildings were in a tremendously poor condition. Luckily, the Grace Foundation of Hong Kong donated enough for the school to build a two-story brick building, walls, floors, and other facilities on campus. Additionally, the Hong Kong Shun Tak Fraternal Association also donated school buildings and classrooms. The classrooms, like the buildings, had become extremely worn out. Desks were old and fragile, tables and chairs were cramped together, and broken glass was prevalent throughout the rooms. Accordingly, YongNing Students initiated projects for the school to replace desks and renovate the glass. The school is now in better shape than it previously had been.
_All that's left is the restoration of the basketball court! They plan to have it located on the left of the gate. Due to financial reasons, the school's walls could not include the courts right next to the campus. Also, because the soil would become extremely muddy after rain, the land could not be used. The stadium project hopes to replace the cement in the concrete floors. The Bureau of Finance raised 13100.00 yuan for the school, and although the school has also received 10,000 yuan through other donations, it still needs 3,100 yuan. As such, YongNing Students hopes to partner with the Transparent Fish Fund. Hopefully with all of our support, we can provide enough seed money to help the Ryoko school!
Original article can be found here. This article was edited and posted by U.S. Intern Ally Nguyen.
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