Dear Bonny Slope Community,
Our entire Jog-a-thon team has been excited to launch the new "Running Around the World" theme as a way to celebrate and include the many diverse families that make up our community. Every flag chosen represented students at Bonny Slope whose families originated from that location. In fact, we have families from many more countries and regions than we have classrooms.
However, Hong Kong and Taiwan were misrepresented. BSE has students specifically from Hong Kong and Taiwan and each have distinct flags. However, Hong Kong has been a special administrative region of the People's Republic of China since 1997. Taiwan, also called the Republic of China, uses the designated name "Chinese Taipei" to participate in sporting events such as the Olympics, while Hong Kong is identified as "Hong Kong, China."
We sincerely apologize for the confusion and hope that this can serve as an educational opportunity for our entire community. We are excited to have these 24 distinct countries and regions represented on Friday at our Jog-a-thon. Go Bobcats!