At a visit to a prominent architecture firm in downtown Chicago, Mayor Richard Daley announced Monday nearly half a million dollars in grants to support the school system’s Chinese language and culture programs.
“The world is getting smaller,” the mayor said at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. “We have to prepare our students for this global community. We cannot allow them to be left behind.”
The grant money will come in part from Motorola and the Wanxiang Company of Hangzhou, an auto parts manufacturer. Those grants will pay for Chicago Public Schools students to travel to China during summers to study the Chinese language. Two federal government initiatives, Startalk and the National Security Language Initiative for Youth, will pay for CPS students to study domestically, according to a press release from the mayor’s office.