Stepping Stones 10th Birthday Party
On the morning of May 8, 2016, the Stepping Stones 10th Birthday Party was held in Wellington College International Shanghai. Nearly a thousand people, including hundreds of foreign volunteers of Stepping Stones Project and their families, teachers and students of the schools for children of migrant workers, and people from all walks of life gathered together to have spent a happy Sunday.
The celebration began at 11:30 and the curtain was raised by the Chinese and English bilingual hosts. The Founder and Executive Director of Stepping Stones Ms. Corinne Richeux Hua told the Stepping Stones project’s stories and achievements in the past 10 years. Pudong New Area’s Wanliao Primary School principal Ms. Wang Zhiyu, and Tata Consultancy, China CEO Mr. Sujit Chatterjee and others delivered the birthday wishes for Stepping Stones Project, and expressed their gratitude to the volunteers who had been together for ten years, and in a birthday song in English and Chinese, ushered in the birthday cake.
Stepping Stones was founded in 2006 in order to organize volunteers to teach English in Shanghai's primary schools for children of migrant workers in response to requests from schools’ principals, which struggled to provide a reasonable standard of English teaching to their students. Stepping Stones is proud that classes taught by his volunteers been proven to increase students exam results, increase their confidence and interest in English, better prepare students for their key examinations, and expose youth to cross-cultural programming and the virtues of volunteerism. As a foundation with an international vision, the Shanghai Soong Ching Ling Foundation (SSCLF) has long been funding for the public activities of the Stepping Stones projects. At the Birthday Party, SSCLF’s Secretary General Ms. Guan Jianhua said the foundation would continue to support the Stepping Stones’ project to make contributions to the development of children's cause.
At yesterday's event, there are not only exotic Indian and Mexican cuisines, but all kinds of bread and dessert. In addition to all kinds of fine food, there is a special variety of alcohol or alcohol free summer drinks. Stepping Stones has lined up an exciting day for all ages.  There are musical and dance performances, a chance to learn Bollywood dancing, bouncy castle and slide, balloon twisting, face-painting, clowns performing, family games and craft activities, and a guided tour of Wellington College!
It is reported that a total of 44 booths at the celebration scene, including catering, children's activities and silent auction, etc. The Shanghai TV Station Foreign Language Channel (ICS), Weekend City, Shanghai Daily and other media were invited to support this event. The proportion of the proceeds in varying degrees donated by the commercial booths to Stepping Stones, and Stepping Stones’ own income will be used to support the organization's operations and public welfare projects.