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come from non-Chinese families. Awareness of the school and its mission has impacted the greater Wellesley community. "It is interesting for us to learn how these students learn about our school," shares Kochling. "We had a number of families enroll in the school after they saw our stu- dents participate in the Wellesley Wonderful Weekend parade." "We were participating to support our goal of bringing more multicultural awareness to the community, and we learned that the com- munity was very supportive," says Kochling. "My children play ice hockey, and when I go to games, I am often approached by parents who want to talk about the school. It is very flattering, and I am proud of what we have established." "We have heard from other parents and some real estate agents that the school was one reason the family considered Wellesley. We have a few non-Chinese heritage families who used to work in Asia, and were drawn to the school as a way for their children to continue the education they had started in Mandarin," states Kochling. Jane Hasselback, whose two children, Mia and Grace, attend the school, agrees. "One of my daughter's friends at the WCLS does not have a Chinese heritage. She just loves lan- guages, and switched from a German language school to this one." "It is nice to have a student body that is here for different reasons," continues Hasselback, W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 7 163

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