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Barnard Elementary School-located at 2930 Barnard Street in the Midway District recently returned from a trip to China.

The Mandarin Chinese K-6 magnet school forged an official sister school alliance with the 65-year old Chongqing Renmin primary school. Barnard principal Edward Park and a coterie of Mandarin-fluent Barnard students visited Chongqing, a major city in southwestern mainland China in late October.

There they were greeted by Chinese students and administrators from Chongqing Renmin primary school and "collaborated together to promote friendship and understanding of one another," according to a blog entry about the trip. atravellerspoint.com entry stated: "as cooperative educational partners, the two groups enjoyed a wonderfully unique opportunity to learn from one each other while deepening knowledge through meaningful interactions."

Next up for Chongquing Renmin Primary: a friendship with another California school. The Chinese school is looking to add Fallbrook Union Elementary School to it's rooster of "sister schools."

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