Local women travel and teach in China

Local residents (from left) Cheryl Welsh, Elizabeth Atkinson, Sabrina Pan, and Diane Babbitt traveled to China this summer to teach and learn.
Local residents (from left) Cheryl Welsh, Elizabeth Atkinson, Sabrina Pan, and Diane Babbitt traveled to China this summer to teach and learn.

A VACATION TO REMEMBER: For four local residents, summer vacation meant traveling and teaching in China.

The women were representatives of the nonprofit Sino-American Bridge for Education and Health.

Cheryl Welsh of Peabody, a fourth-grade teacher in Lynnfield; Elizabeth Atkinson of West Newbury, a middle-grade author; Sabrina Pan of Lynn, a sixth-grade teacher in Randolph; and Diane Babbitt of Salem, a first-grade teacher in Marblehead, all made the trip.


In addition to teaching English, they shared strategies with teachers and high school students at the Greentown Yuhua School of Hangzhou during July and part of August.

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“This is my third summer teaching in southeastern China through SABEH,” said Welsh, the team’s lead teacher. ”Each year, I discover that the cultural exchanges and friendships between the Chinese and American teachers and students is an education in and of itself. I always look forward to bringing this learning opportunity into my classroom.”


GOOD LINKS: Cambridge Health Alliance recently held its 10th annual golf invitational, raising $100,000 to support its community health mission.

The proceeds benefit the alliance’s Patient Experience of Care Initiatives at its campuses in Cambridge, Somerville, and Everett.

This year, the funds support the purchase and implementation of specialized interpreter phones, enhancing the ability to serve multilingual patients and improve their understanding of their health.


Since its first golf tournament in 2004, the alliance has raised nearly $800,000 to help fund significant projects, including an upgrade to the maternity suite at Cambridge Hospital and a complete renovation of the emergency department at Whidden Hospital in Everett.

Proceeds from last year’s invitational are being used to install digital bulletin boards at the alliance’s primary and specialty care centers and its hospital campuses.

“We truly appreciate the generosity and compassion of the invitational’s participants and sponsors, which will help support key initiatives that benefit local residents and improve the overall health of the communities we serve,” said Deborah Murphy, site administrator of Whidden Hospital and co-chairwoman of the event.


PROMOTING JUSTICE: The deadline for nominations for the Salem Award for Human Rights and Social Justice has been extended until Sept. 15.


The public is invited to recommend people or organizations that are in keeping with the mission of the Salem Award Foundation: to keep alive the lessons of the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 and to make known and honor the heroic work of those who speak out and take action to alleviate discrimination, promote tolerance, and achieve justice for contemporary victims of social injustice.

For an application and more information, visit

OLD-FASHIONED SUNDAY: The Westford Rotary Club hosts a family carnival, Pig ‘N’ Pepper, at the Nashoba Valley ski area on Sunday.

The festival includes music and other activities for kids, teens, and adults including amusement rides, carnival games, hot sauce tasting, and an antique car show.

Proceeds support local and regional Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell, Blister Buddies/Multiple Sclerosis Society, Merrimack Valley Food Bank, Massachusetts National Guard Family Support Fund at Fort Devens, Friends Forever International Peace Program, Rotary Foundation, and the Roudenbush Community Center.

The event runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $12; $10 for senior citizens and students older than 7; $5 for 7 and younger; free for ages 3 and younger.


WHO’S WHAT WHERE: Stephen Fine of Peabody was one of 26 New Englanders honored for volunteerism at the 2013 Myra Kraft Community MVP Awards. In 1998, shortly after his son died at age 26 of melanoma, Fine founded the Melanoma Education Foundation. He has personally visited more than 300 high schools throughout the state to train teachers on how to add a unit on skin cancer to their curriculums. Since, 750 high schools in New England have begun using the free curriculum. Fine was awarded a $5,000 grant for the foundation . . . German Shepherd Rescue of New England has recognized Kevin Lanouette, owner of Abby Kennels in Chelmsford, for sharing his time, talent, and resources with the organization. When foster homes are not available and a dog needs to be removed quickly from its home, Lanouette has found space for it at the kennel. He has often met volunteers after closing time or before opening to receive a dog in need. Last Christmas, the kennel held a Pictures with Santa event to benefit the rescue group.

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