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Barbour teacher recognized

September 28, 2012
By Beth Christian Broschart - Staff Writer , The Inter-Mountain

Students at Philip Barbour High School have the good fortune in having guest Chinese teachers for the past six years. Xiang Li is the fifth instructor to serve in this position, and he was recognized this week at the board meeting for his contribution.

Elaine Benson, director of personnel for Barbour County schools, introduced Li to those gathered at the meeting. Li spoke about his experience moving from China to Philippi and his plans for teaching students this year.

"I like it here," Li said. "I am from a small town and the people here are nice and friendly."

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The Inter-Mountain photo by Beth Christian Broschart
Barbour County Board of Education members thank guest Chinese teacher Xiang Li for his service at Philip Barbour High School. Pictured are Barbour County board members Eric Ruf, Dana Stemple, Bob Wilkins, Doward Matlick, Li, Joanne McConnell and Barbour County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph Super.

Li said he has a teaching background in China where he and his wife teach English. He told members he is teaching Chinese I to IV and is incorporating Chinese culture, cooking, writing and painting.

New Life Family Worship Center youth Somer Kerr and Alanna Howdershelt presented carnations and thank you notes to each board member and the superintendent.

Pastor Jeff Burnett from Horizons Church in Lost Creek told board members he was working with Sweet and Neff to find something to do to help the school.

"We have 20 to 30 folks from the church who want to help," Burnett said. "We feel our purpose is not just talking but showing the love of Christ."

Burnett said his team will provide the labor to sand paint the bathrooms at Philippi Middle School and cold patch the potholes in the parking lot.

"I am here to request materials for the job," Burnett said. "We will need cold patch and paint."

Barbour County Board of Education President Bob Wilkins thanked Burnett and his church for thinking of the schools and being community spirit wise.

Members of the board voted to approve the purchase of sand paint and cold patch for the Saturday project.

The next regular board meeting is slated for 6 p.m. Oct. 8 at the board of education office in Philippi.



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