For Immediate Release
Tou Ger Bennett Xiong
On Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 9:30am-2:00PM, the Community School of Excellence, a Hmong Culture and Language Charter school will open the doors to its’ brand new building at the old Linder Garden Center site at 270 Larpenteur Avenue West in St. Paul.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony will begin at 9:30am and there will be a short program from 9:30-10:00am. Mayor Chris Coleman is one of the confirmed keynote speakers along with the school board chair, PTO president, and CEO.
CSE is one of the largest culture and language charter schools in the Minnesota and growing, serving largely Hmong and other new American students and families. The new building sits on 127,000 square feet property, has 64 new classrooms, 3 gymnasiums, a Media/Hmong cultural center, a soccer field and a community health center. It will double as a K-8th school and a community center for Hmong and new American communities in the Twin Cities.
Now in its 11th year CSE’s has grown from serving 176 students in two grade levels to a K-8th school serving close to 1,100 students from throughout the Twin Cities. CSE is a parent-community partnership that provides a world-class education through a caring and innovative environment that fosters inquiring, knowledgeable and compassionate students who embrace the Hmong culture and celebrate intercultural understanding and respect.
Community School of Excellence parents, staff, students, and community are committed as a team to provide a quality education for all students to achieve high academic expectations, and connect globally to Hmong communities around the world.
Two special programs at CSE are the Global Connections program which allows 8th graders to travel overseas and spend two weeks at a Hmong village sister-school in rural Thailand and the new agricultural program that teaches students traditional Hmong farming techniques through an on-site garden.
Minnesota is home of an estimated 80,000 Hmong Americans and CSE is one of six Hmong culture and language schools in the nation.
For more information about CSE, log onto: www.csemn.org.