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Laughter, dancing and singing of children in classrooms signifies a sense of healing at the rebuilt Xiang-E Elementary School in China.
In 2008, an 8.0 magnitude earthquake leveled the school in China’s highly populated Sichuan Province, killing more than 370 teachers and students. Alltech swiftly stepped in to assist with the school’s rebuilding process, dedicating $100,000 to the Sichuan Earthquake Relief Fund in partnership with the Kentucky Chinese American Association. The funds were used to provide the new school, which re-opened in 2009, with a water conservation system, a library, and special classrooms dedicated to art, music and science.
On Dec. 27, 2012, a team of Alltech representatives visited the school to speak to the children about horses, animals and the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games® in Normandy. As part of its continued investment in Chinese education, Alltech leaders have visited the school annually since the disaster. During their recent visit, the Alltech team introduced students to the Alltech Kidzone, an interactive exhibit that exposes children to lessons in agriculture. The Alltech team also participated with the children in daily school activities, including morning exercises and musical performances.
In honor of Alltech’s contribution, the school named its science classroom the Alltech Home of Sciences. Alltech also donated English books and illustration books about horses to interest students in agriculture, the equine industry and learning the English language.