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Jenks receives grant to help Mandarin speakers

Council on Aging board members, left to right: Cyndi Bohne, Chair Jennifer Wilson, Tom Howley, Cathie Jackson, Bob Legvold, Meredith Allen, David Campbell, Jenks Director Phillip Beltz, Nick Troisi, Dequan Tian WINCHESTER NEWS STAFF PHOTO/JOYCE WESTNER

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The Jenks Center has been given a $150,000 grant by the Cummings Foundation to provide services for Mandarin speakers. 

Chinese residents make up 18% of town residents, many of whom are immigrants from China with little knowledge of English.

Jenks Director Phillip Beltz said the funds will be used to hire a teacher of English as a second language, and also to translate the Jenks newsletter and website into Mandarin. 

“We’re also planning to have the instructor teach our staff some basic Mandarin,” he says.

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