Foreword by Principal of Kenting Elementary School
To create a school that is fun here in the southernmost region of Taiwan is a promise I've made to the children of Kenting.
For years,the teachers of Kenting Elementary School have been racking their brains in an attempt to design all sorts of fun and educational activities for the children.We have taken the children on local trips to explore the mountains and the seas.We have let them sail in the wind and play in the sand.We have traveled with them to every corner of Hengchun Peninsula.
As a member of the Kenting community,it has always been a dream of mine to publish something which truly belongs to the children.It is dream I share with many other members of the community.
I am truly grateful to my friend,Principal Shiou-Fang Shiau.She had just retired,and fortunately,she was willing to accept my invitation to become the first"resident writing teacher"at Kenting Elementary School.It was Principal Shiau who was responsible for teaching creative writing to the third,Fourth,fifth,and sixth graders.
Under the teaching expertise of Principal Shiau and the guidance of the Kenting Elementary School teachers,the children were encouraged to write whatever was in their hearts about their lives in Kenting.It wasn't long before these stories began to magically appear,one after another.
Tourists have long been coming to Kenting for its blue sky and beautiful water.We have seen the adults of Kenting working hard towards being gracious hosts to these visitors.Now,Through these stories,we will see what the children of Kenting arethinking,doing,playing,and learing.
We have decide o publish the book,Kenting---Children's Paradise not only because we want to present the educational quality of the school,but more importantly,wewant to create something meaningful and memorable for the children.We also hope the world can get a glimpse of what the children's lives are like in Kenting.
We believe this book is something meaningful,and that is why we published it.