SHANGHAI – Eleven volunteers from across China spent a week in Yunnan in early October teaching children as part of the Chevrolet Red Chalk Program. Students at the Hutiaoxia Primary School in rural Shangri-La County were taught essential qualities-oriented (EQO) courses in physical education, writing, personal health and mathematics.
Former National Basketball Association star Stephon Marbury was one of the participants. Now playing for Chinese Basketball Association club Beijing Jinyu, Marbury donated basketballs, which were packed into a Chevrolet Cruze hatchback and driven to the school in southwestern China.
The Chevrolet Red Chalk Program began in 2006. It is engaging young people from urban areas to serve as short-term volunteers at schools in rural communities. The program has reached out to 44 schools in 26 provinces. More than 400 volunteers have helped educate 20,000 children, expanding their horizons.
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