Thrive Thursday: Beijing Colleagues Launch YUE DU LANG Library for Local School
We love when we can see Hyatt’s purpose of care come to life through the wonderful work done by our hotels around the world in the communities they call home. That’s exactly what this week’s Thrive Thursday is all about — through a collaborative effort and a commitment to care, Hyatt colleagues from Grand Hyatt Beijing and Park Hyatt Beijing came together to make a real difference in their local community.
This past June, a group of Hyatt colleagues traveled just west of Beijing to the rural mountainous area of the Mentougou district. Here, they witnessed the launch of the YUE DU LANG Project, an initiative that supports students in under-privileged areas by sponsoring proper libraries, donating books and volunteering in local schools. YUE DU LANG, meaning “happy reading room,” carries with it the happiness that reading can bring, and this happiness was delivered to students from low-income families at Wangping Middle School through a brand new library!
Park Hyatt Beijing and Grand Hyatt Beijing generously donated furniture and paintings for the reading room, while the passionate team in our Beijing office came up with the Yue Du Lang logo, as well as enthusiastically participated in cleaning the reading room and donating books, iPads and all other necessary items. This collaboration of care didn’t just involve staff at Hyatt — students of Shunyi International School of Beijing donated books, while Tsinghua University leveraged their expertise in interior design to decorate the library. Even a leading media group, TRENDS Group, donated fashion magazines. As of its opening date, the library had received more than 1,200 books donated by various parties.
To celebrate, a team of 30 Hyatt Thrive volunteers talked with an eager group of young students at Wangping Middle School following the program launch event to experience together the joy of learning. Together, the Hyatt Thrive volunteers and students shared their most colorful dreams and visited the newly renovated library. This continuing enthusiasm to help those in need achieve their fullest potential through education and personal advancement opportunities is the key to a thriving, caring community!