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May 20th, 2008

The First Day Back to School

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Two buildings collapsed in the earthquake in Juyuan secondary school China,Photophied by Junhu Li, repoter of Finance and Economy Net.
Two buildings collapsed in the earthquake in Juyuan secondary school China,Photographied by Junhu Li, repoter of Finance and Economy.
On the day returning to school, Shihao Guo read a card with his writing with tears,' Brother Wei Zhu, Are you all right in Heaven? '
On the day returning to school, Shihao Guo read a card with his writing with tears,’ Brother Wei Zhu, Are you all right in Heaven?

On 19th of May, Some of secoundary one students in Juyuan Secondary school, city of Dujiangyan, returned to class.

The classes were moved to Juyuan Primary school because in Juyuan Scoundary, 1 or 2 km away, 2 buildings collapsed in the earthquake and several hundred students and 6 teachers were tragically killed.

The head teacher of Juyuan Secondary school said,’ one week ago, we were working and studying together, but now we are seperated between 2 worlds.’

Even though it is a village school, Juyuan Secondary is on the top of academia record in Dujiangyan city. Some parents chose this school for their children even though they live far from here. There were 1700 students and almost every class had reached its uplimit student numbers, some classes with more than 70 students, and some with 60.

A road underconstruction seperated this school into 2 parts. Secondary 2 and 3 are on one side and secondary 1 is on the other side. The twon of Juyuan is located between Dujiangyan and Chengdu, less than 40 km far from Chengdu. Most buildings in town were

kept well but the buildings of Secondary 2 and 3 in Juyuan Scondary school collapsed. Fortunately, the building of secondary 1 is all right and still standing theres. None of students from Secondary 1 was injured and it is these students who firstly returned to school.

A private mining industry company from Tang -shan built a temparary classrooms for the students. School teacher Luo of Secondary 1 said, the school informed 60 students to return school, but 120 students came back.

Students and teachers were singing National Anthem in the simple ceremony of school resumption. There are class time tables posting on the wall of the temeparary classrooms mainly including psychology course, activities and safety education.

In the activities class, students were asked to give free speeches. A lot of studetns burst into tears talking about the devastration. The teacher just turned around and wrote 2 characters on the blackboard: Be Brave!

In lunch break, Volunteers of Psychogists from West China Hostipatal came to Juyuan Secondary. Suvivsor Dongmei Liu of Secondary 2 came to the class to get psychology induction.

Students wrote their real thoughts in the blank cards distributed by the Psychology vilunteers,

—–’So many people died in our school, we are fear of climing stairs of the building, so scared by the earthquake!’
—–’Dear teacher, you devoted your valuable life in the critical point.’
—–’Dear sister, how are your legs, do you still feel painful. We returned to shcool today, and feel much better now. A lot of correspondents of newspaper came to our school today. Hope you will get well soon, i am here suppurting you.’
—–’Dear sister Yan li , you are not my sister but I feel you are my sister. Wish you good days in the Heaven.’

Shihao Guo from Secondary 1(2) went infront of the blackboard reading his notes while crying ‘ Brother Wei Zhu, we grew up together, you left us in the 5.12 earthquake. Are you all right in Heaven? If there is a heaven…’

The woman volunteer from West China hostipal lest her contacts to students. She said it’s just the beginning of psychology treatment for students after the disaster.

Following the psychology course, children sang ‘appreciating heart’ together:

The world is big , but the road is hard
I have seen all of the toughness in the world
With my love and tears
I would like to let God know
I would never lose

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