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Orchid Island school celebrates its rebirth

2012/04/27 23:10:28

Taipei, April 27 (CNA) Accompanied by a local tribe's ancient customs and the performance of a symphony orchestra, people on Orchid Island celebrated on Friday the rebirth of an elementary school building that was completely destroyed by Typhoon Morakot in 2009.

Elders of the Tao tribe in Iraralai village on the island off the coast of Taitung County in eastern Taiwan sang traditional songs and performed traditional dances to welcome guests to the special ceremonymarking the completion of Langdo Elementary School's new building.

Among the guests were Taitung County Magistrate Justin Huang and an executive with the Chang Yung-fa Foundation, which helped fund the school's reconstruction.

Students and local residents also performed traditional dances during the ceremony.

The foundation was brought in by the county government and the Ministry of Education to help rebuild the school.

Huang said the original plan was to erect a simple structure, but after representatives of the foundation made several trips to the site, it decided to donate NT$30 million (US$1.03 million) to the project, which ended up costing a total of over NT$48 million.

Work on the building began last May.

A concert by the foundation's Evergreen Symphony Orchestra was also held in front of the new building later in the day, the first time a symphony orchestra had performed on the island.

(By Tyson Lu and Kay Liu)