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may 2008 et earcos triannual east asia regional council of overseas schools harlan lyso makes an everlasting mark on earcos

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the earcos triannual the earcos triannual is a magazine published by earcos east asia regional council of overseas schools a nonprofit 501c3 incorporated in the state of delaware usa with a regional office in manila philippines membership in earcos is open to elementary and secondary schools in east asia which offer an educational program using english as the primary language of instruction and to other organizations institutions and individuals objectives and purposes to promote intercultural understanding and international friendship through the activities of member schools to broaden the dimensions of education of all schools involved in the council in the interest of a total program of education to advance the professional growth and welfare of individuals belonging to the educational staff of member schools to facilitate communication and cooperative action between and among all associated schools to cooperate with other organizations and individuals pursuing the same objectives as this council earcos board president harlan lyso vice-president tim carr secretary larry jones treasurer david cramer anne fowles director at large director at large tom hawkins director at large rob mockrish director at large sean o maonaigh director at large david toze office of overseas schools reo connie buford exoficio earcos executive director associate director richard krajczar linda sills letter from the executive director dear colleagues the end of the school year is near and 07/08 has been very challenging busy and rewarding i am happy to be back with earcos and working with expanded services and staff has helped make our mission and implementation of our strategic plan become a reality earcos will be losing one of its major leaders with harlan lyso retiring and returning to his home in the usa harlan s participation has been so crucial over the years with his financial assistance as treasurer and then as the president of earcos he is a true friend colleague and trusted school leader thanks harlan for all you have done to skillfully guide our organization the 2008 earcos teachers conference etc had over 1300 delegates attending the shangri la in kuala lumpur was an excellent venue for our 6th conference thanks to the gm jarlath lynch and his staff for the wonderful hospitality and service our keynoters art costa dennis sparks and jay mctighe were well received as were the 110 breakout sessions and 16 preconferences a zoomerang survey was sent out to all delegates to comment on the conference which will help us get better in the future please see our conference write up in this issue i have just returned from beijing where i participated in the first earcos global issues network gin conference hosted by western academy of beijing wab and organized by linda sills with the help of the wab planning committee and staff it was an absolute success with outstanding speakers lectures student-led workshops virtual presentations by jane goodall and dr mechai as well as discussions of pressing world problems and possible solutions congratulations to all who took part i know it will be even larger next year when is hosted at i.s bangkok thanks to david randall and his wonderful wab staff next year linda sills will continue to work for earcos part time from her home in clio california in this day of technology it s no surprise that she will be working virtually with us she will continue to contribute her energy and vision to our earcos organization organizing the gin2009 conference and working with our it staff making our technology endeavors a reality thanks linda i hope everyone has a great break this summer northern hemisphere and has time for family friends travel and reflection i am happy to be back with earcos and i look forward to all the wonderful events we have planned for 08/09 our board and staff continue to work to make earcos a caring supportive and dynamic community of international schools vitz baltero elaine repatacodo ver castro robert sonny viray edzel drilo east asia regional council of overseas schools brentville subdivision barangay mamplasan biñan laguna 4024 philippines phone 63-49-511-5993/5994 fax 63-49-511-4694 email info@earcos.org website www.earcos.org dick krajczar executive director check out our website at www.earcos.org it is always being updated!

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in this issue 2 3 4 8 12 14 15 16 18 20 21 22 23 harlan lyso makes an everlasting mark on seoul foreign school and 24 earcos see page 2 26 29 30 31 32 33 etc 2008 creating a global community the power of one see page 4 harlan lyso makes an everlasting mark on seoul foreign school and earcos school heads leaving etc 2008 creating a global community the power of one gin2008 earth s hope margaret sanders scholarship winner saint maur international school the oldest member of earcos springing into action concordia international school celebrates two new facilities nist international day 2008 ap biology and ap world history experience learning trip international school of beijing ushers in olympics with olympic spirit cebu international school receives back to back awards grade 8 history house building trip to cambodia obituary ms virginia villegas dwayne william vogt the power of being positive parenting an awesome responsibility saint maur international school weekend workshop with bambi betts biss international school weekend workshop with lesley and kenneth snowball american school in japan analyzing assessment results to improve teaching and learning surabaya international school ell strategies developmental continuum expert bonnie campbell hill presents earcos workshops at jakarta international school classroom assessment for learning with ken o connor at jakarta international school cebu international school assessment for improving learning weekend workshop with bambi betts lanna international school language learning in the classroom workshop with marti anderson kaohsiung american school supporting ell students strategies for success weekend workshop with dr virginia rojas hokkaido international school weekend workshop with bambi betts bandung international school the international school curriculum the balance between focus and flexibility teaching for learning weekend workshop with paul ginnis shekou international school assessment for improving student learning international school nurses of asia health care professionals meeting the diverse needs of students weekend workshop sy 2008-2009 continued weekend workshops sy 2008-2009 34 35 36 38 39 40 back cover global issues network 2008 earth s hope see page 8

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harlan lyso makes an everlasting mark on seoul foreign school and earcos harlan has served our earcos schools as treasurer for eleven years and president for past three years his contributions to our strategic plan vision fiscal accountability and earcos leadership is most commendable harlan has the support of all with whom he comes in contact because he is approachable caring hardworking trusted and humble earcos wishes him continued success and we are pleased that he will serve as the earcos representative to the wasc commission thanks to a devoted leader and educator who always took time for us all the following article is by june kang director of development seoul foreign school dr harlan lyso has been the head of seoul foreign school for 16 years he has distinguished himself among the world s finest leaders of k-12 international schools under his leadership sfs has grown significantly in enrollment programs facilities and in its global reputation for academic excellence sfs boasts nearly 1500 students from more than 50 nations and was the first school in korea to introduce the rigorous international baccalaureate diploma program in 1980 the school s focus on excellence led to sfs receiving exemplary compliments from the wasc accreditation association in 2007 being recognized as one of the premier international schools in the world before coming to sfs dr lyso led schools in the caribbean s.e asia and west africa while leading these international schools he also contributed his expertise to boards of organizations committed to developing quality international schools including the council of international schools the east asia regional council of overseas schools the association of international schools in africa and the association for the advancement of international education he also led teams of accreditation evaluators to assess individual schools quality having also served as a consultant to many school boards and having offered presentations at numerous conferences and conventions throughout his tenure recently dr lyso was the distinguished lecturer at the aaie conference in new york city he was honored as the superintendent of the year for this current year 2008 the association for the advancement of international education aaie of the usa distinguishes this award as its highest recognition which is presented to only one head of an international school among more than 4000 international schools around the globe he plans to retire from sfs this june dr lyso s commitment to serve the school and its community is shared by his wife mary lyso who has dedicated 14 years of teaching as an elementary school art teacher and reading specialist in addition she dedicated her unlimited volunteer services to the eugene bell foundation having taken on 16 trips to north korea to deliver tb medicine and supplies throughout the country mary took on various roles for the foundation tasked as a photographer coordinating both the trip s finances and delegation of participants and furthermore actively spearheading annual fundraisers for eugene bell with seoul foreign school in tribute to dr harlan lyso and his wife mrs mary lyso the school prepared various farewell venues for administration faculty students parents and many distinguished representatives from both the international community living within seoul including high-ranking public officials from the korean government to honor both dr lyso and mary lyso s invaluable contributions of dedication and services to the school and community -2-

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school heads leaving alun cooper alun took up the post of head of school at unis-hanoi in august 2003 in time to lead the construction management of the project to build the new school campus in tay ho the state of the art campus was opened in september 2004 and has been systematically developed since that time swimming pools built in 2005 and three new buildings now about to commence the school has doubled in size in the last four years and this has provided a series of interesting challenges a middle management team has been successfully empowered and this has helped the school to mature alun has led the school through cis/neasc re-evaluation in 2005 as well as ib pyp and myp re-authorization in 2007 the school is currently awaiting confirmation of the ib dp re-authorisation academic standards have been improved and the length of our waiting lists testify to the demand that exists to join unis-hanoi it has been an interesting and rewarding five years i will certainly miss unis as well as hanoi but the lure to join antwerp international school in belgium was too strong and i look forward to assuming my new role as headmaster of ais in august 2008 deidre fischer deidre fischer finishes at the international school of ulaanbaatar isu in mongolia during the summer of 2008 as director she has worked in the earcos region for the past 10 years starting in the philippines before moving to china and mongolia during her time at isu she finalised the funding and completed the building of phase 1&2 of a new purpose built campus for isu the opening of the new school was conducted by the president of mongolia and the us ambassador with some special guests in attendance including former school directors and earcos executive director dr dick krajczar building of phase 3 of the new campus has commenced as well as the acquisition of more land in addition to planning for a larger facility to cater for expansion were some other achievements during her time at isu during her time at isu deidre has also managed to raise the profile of the school within the region ­ the only three programme ib world school in mongolia bill parker dr william parker is departing from shanghai community international schools after a successful tenure as headmaster during his time with this dynamic and growing set of schools bill has served as associate head at scis and principal at hangzhou international school a member of the scis family of schools previously dr parker was at the shanghai american school which included a post as principal and ended with 3 years as deputy superintendent for curriculum the coming july marks his 10th anniversary in shanghai bill started out as a social studies and geography teacher in illinois bill s next adventure includes some commuting back and forth between the two homes he shares with his wife melinda one in shanghai and the other in huahin thailand he intends to continue professional ventures including wasc accreditation visits consulting and college level teaching at the masters level his wife melinda will continue teaching at scis betsy and michael saffarewich betsy and michael saffarewich will be leaving fukuoka international school after six years betsy was the school librarian and michael was its head of school they will be returning to new hampshire after 28 years serving students at acs athens is dusseldorf the american school of warsaw colegio internacional de caracas and the bahrain bayan school their two children both graduates of international schools live in chicago and new york city mark bretherton mark bretherton superintendent of cebu international school cis for the last ten years will be leaving to join beijing city international school bcis as head of school from august 2008 mark has worked in international school education for twenty four years as a teacher and administrator mark s travels have seen him work in austria sri lanka australia and at three schools in the philippines in his tenure cis has built a new school moved campus gained ib world status earned a license to operate with republic act 9190 and seen through two full terms of accreditation with wasc mark will be accompanied by his wife carol and son brian -3-

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conference etc 2008 creating a global community the power of one creating a global community the power of one was the theme of the earcos teachers conference etc held at the wonderful shangri-la in kuala lumpur malaysia march 27-29 2008 a total of 1,325 delegates from 85 earcos schools attended plus a host of nonmember delegates from all over the world this year we had 16 preconference workshops including ap and ib subject content subjects this is the first year that ib presented workshops before our conference and also provided follow-up sessions in the body of the conference that enabled delegates to get their ib level 3 training certification providing this training for high school teachers provides them with an opportunity to get content for their course and also participate in more general sessions addressing school wide curriculum and pedagogical learning communities thanks to ap and ib for encouraging their delegates to also attend our etc the three keynote presenters art costa jay mctighe and dennis sparks provided excellent ideas and challenged delegates to think and hopefully act when they returned home art costa spoke on thought-full curriculum jay mctighe spoke on his new book schooling by design and dennis sparks addressed cultivating ourselves as leaders all presentations provided much food for thought and action thanks to art jay and dennis for helping to make this years etc memorable our global citizen keynote presentations continued to be a highlight and great way to start each morning not only did they exemplify our global citizen award but honored their schools and their teachers for their development and success they made all teachers feel proud and that the future is in good hands if you attend next year s etc do not miss these presentations the etc had 37 special presenters 54 teacher presentations and 28 job-alike sessions for a total of 190 sessions they were all popular and provided many six-hour strands throughout the conference however with the attendance at a preconference these strands provided 14 hours of in-depth professional development on carefully chosen topics suggested by our advisory committee this year s conference had great support from the international school of kuala lumpur and from mont kiara international school iskl provided valuable staff assistance av support student entertainment and equipment mkis provided av support student entertainment and equipment thanks to both schools for all their support we could not have done it without them the malaysian ministry of tourism provided the most help ever for our delegates they provided an entertaining dance show for our malaysian welcome reception free city tour for 300 delegates and 300 sarongs for our delegates nuwal fadhilah ku azmi of the department of tourism deserves a huge acknowledgement of thanks this year s etc charity raffle and silent auction raised over $5000 dollars for the malaysian nature society s marine group iskl s teacher representative and environmentalist kenny peavy suggested this charity as the recipient his hard work on all fronts was extraordinary and so crucial to our conference atmosphere we must also recognize hilda alposilva from iskl who organized the bazaar and helped obtain donations for our teachers and for the charity thanks to these two wonderful people special thanks to the etc advisory committee and teacher representatives who assisted our staff by helping with registration selling raffle tickets suggesting speakers and in many other ways that helped set a great tone and sense of organization finally thanks to our earcos team of linda sills elaine vitz edzel robert and ver they are fantastic see you next year in kota kinabalu for etc 2009 don t miss it dick krajczar -4-

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earth s hope by linda sills cutive director of the united nations environment program and secretary general 1992 of the earth summit who began with a few very well chosen and encouraging words stating the crucial importance of being a part of this conference jean francois rischard followed with his profound and sobering message that helped each participant to come to grips with the importance of their actions and forming of these networks gin conference is based on the ideas in his book high noon 20 global issues 20 years to solve them networking is key to creating the solutions then hafsat abiola spoke eloquently and poignantly about her life her unforgettable message was about the importance of respecting human rights being politically active and offering much needed leadership training to young women in nigeria by popular demand she returned the next day to talk informally with students then the world acclaimed 1,000 hand dancers who are deaf and thus need the assistance of someone signing to perform held the audience literally in the palm of their hands as they created amazing and lasting images the beauty and grace of their movement was the perfect ending for the first day it provided all of us with a time of reflection to ponder and think about the opening day day two began with jane goodall being brought in via video conferencing she spoke on the urgency of finite resources austin gutwein a 13 year old held the entire audiences complete attention everyone in the audience could identify with him he passionately described the circumstances of deciding at age 9 that he needed to make a difference in the lives of children orphaned from aids he founded hoops of hope and he has raised enough money to build a school and a hospital in zambia many earcos schools plan to join in next year to support his efforts in the afternoon we had the keynote address of john liu who began earth s hope he stressed that the future will be determined by functional ecosystems on a planetary scale he spoke to the students as the future leaders and that it falls to them to understand this now and to plan to make these things happen he showed examples of creating these changes thus instilling hope within every member of the audience the final day opened with marc kielburger founder of free the children began when he and his brother took on the plight of child laborers his organization has built over 500 schools in africa and asia knowing that education provides children with opportunity for a very different future the students are still talking about the power of his speech and how it created unforgettable images that will continue to move them to action carol chayou spoke about her work with yaks and the beneficial relationship to social entrepreneurship an equally strong and vital component of the global earth s hope proved to be a well-chosen theme for the inaugural earcos global issues network gin conference held at western academy ­beijing beginning on april 4th international students and advisers from forty schools came together for what proved to be a life changing experience for many we were pleased that 330 global citizens and their advisers chose to join us in this groundbreaking conference the journey to beijing has definitely been a team effort initially bob sills heard jean francois rischard and invited him to be a keynote speaker both jean francois rischard and clayton lewis served as mentors/presenters in bangkok supporting the introduction of the gin conference in asia i accepted the challenge to organize the conference on behalf of earcos during a visit to western academy beijing wab john mc bryde agreed to host this first conference which has led the way in creating global networks in beijing john then passed the torch to david randall and sheila burch who led an extremely capable and willing wab planning team also vital was the wab staff giving generously of their expertise and support in a variety of areas the gin conference began on friday afternoon with a lengthy registration to allow delegates to meet and check out the conference site to get their bearings drumming dramatically signaled the opening of the event the gin officially began with a powerful world simulation presenting us with the current state of the world we were honored with maurice strong first exe -8-

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continued from page 8 issues network conference were the student led workshops each school attended as a team each team was asked to prepare a minimum of one student planned and led workshop each was to revolve around a global issue and be interactive in nature each student who attended gave a workshop and had the opportunity to benefit from attending five others of his/her choice the preparation and delivery are extremely important parts of the benefit of the conference for each student in addition we addressed our responsibility to lessen and offset our carbon footprint we had two of our prestigious speakers via video conferencing jane goodall was beamed straight into the theater direct from wash dc and offered some important thoughts and then answered questions dr mechai provided us with a powerful film and then came to us live from bangkok to challenge the students to think out of the box in addition we video recorded the keynotes and several workshops these will all appear on our web-site thus sharing the information with others and involving them in our efforts with little carbon footprint then clearworld energy provided two outstanding workshops and a large grant to offset the carbon footprint of everyone who attended the conference we chose to offset with wind power and methane carbon credits in addition we contributed to the solar heating unit for an environmental training center we will continue this tradition the arts were also celebrated with a chinese ensemble playing as everyone registered with dramatic drumming signaling the opening of the event a jazz group played throughout dinner two plays were performed and created lasting images of a nurturing environment and a very hostile and threatening environment by telling the story of the lost generation in addition a choir from the canadian international school-beijing sang to welcome us as the conference came to a close it seemed clear that the potential for a proactive international network of students is within our reach but this vision can only be realized with our serious and continued commitment by focusing on the vision-to help students realize that they can a difference by empowering them to work with their peers internationally to develop solutions for global issues is about taking responsibility into our own hands this conference was about recognizing the urgency of the world situation at the same time as the potential of the international students to create change we have the good fortune to work within an international community able and committed to making a difference it is also about providing experiences that will empower every one of us to make this difference and then make it possible to share our efforts with peers we are working toward innovative and sustainable solutions we look forward to creating a lasting global network by providing an annual event that will continue to support sustainable change we are already planning for the next global issues network at isbangkok march 20-22 please plan to attend conference above l-r john dennis liu jean francois rischard hafsat abiola mechai viravaidya and jane goodall l-r linda sills earcos associate director earth s hope organizer austin gutwein marc kielburger -9-

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conference l-r david randall interim director western academy of beijing dick krajczar earcos executive director global issues network 10 -

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conference gin conference reflection by priscilla acuna jakarta international school i learned more about being a `global citizen in three days than i have the whole of my life i ve used that phrase repeatedly since i moved to an international school but i never really had a solid understanding of what it was now i know it s an individual who acts unselfishly in the interests of the rest of the world-what we must become i ve always gone through life feeling sorry for the little children in africa who don t have anything to eat my collective term for people suffering an impoverished life i ve seen al gore s an inconvenient truth and national geographic documentaries and have been fully aware of the dangers of climate change and other environmental issues i ve been aware about these issues and so much more but until i went to this conference i didn t really feel compelled to do anything someone else can was my general attitude but now i realize we as young people have the responsibility we re the ones who inherit the earth we are the future in fact as more globally aware privileged international school students we may have the greatest responsibility of all now i know we must do something as soon as possible it s incredibly urgent just take the 30,000 children who die of poverty every day as an example every few seconds cost lives we can t simply wait for someone else to solve this issue and so many more even in church i learn that not doing anything about a problem is a sin and not only do i realize the importance of doing something about global issues but i ve also learned that there is so much we could do it s overwhelming where do i begin we may be young but we re far from powerless i learned so much from austin a nine-year-old with a passion to help aids orphans sure he was small but that didn t stop him from starting an organization to raise money which soon spread nationally and later globally it s inspiring to see how someone our age so young could have such passion for people he d never even met and if one single person with what seemed to be minimal influence not to belittle him but hey this was a nine-yearold could have such a big impact can you imagine what could be accomplished in a group we can make a difference global issues network 11 -

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conference thank you to all of our genereous sponsors scholarship award clarissa skinner this year s margaret sanders scholarship winner from american international school of guangzhou as educators we hope to inspire young people it s our chosen profession our role as teachers once in awhile the tables turn and a student like clarissa skinner comes along to wake us up to push us beyond our own comfort zone toward becoming better teachers better people just when we might have thought we are the educators and they are the students a student like clarissa skinner comes into our world and suddenly those old ideas melt away being replaced by the concept of a community working together to solve problems and learning from one another while doing so clarissa this year s margaret sanders scholarship winner from aisg has taken the idea of community service at aisg to a new level i would like to share with the earcos community an excerpt from an essay clarissa wrote about how she got involved in community service i hope that you will find it as inspirational as i did the first time i read it on a slow monday afternoon i roamed the halls after school looking for a friend weaving in and out of classrooms unassumingly i stepped into mr lees room great the first person to show up to the community service meeting wonderful yelled mr lees emphatically gesturing in an expression of his joy i froze then slowly smiled sheepishly as the saying goes i was in a pickle an inescapable pickle after such an emphatic exclamation i could not politely back out of the room and continue searching chuckling at my predicament i stayed a meeting about community service was not going to drastically change my life forever anyways i was wrong 12 -

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scholarship award continued from page 12 so mr lees began do you like helping people the environment what s your passion passion i thought rolling the word within the novel context around in my mind i had never thought about who or what i liked helping i had always simply been a compassionate person toward whatever or whoever inspired my empathy people i said thinking of my involvement in habitat for humanity hfh and my love of making others smile the environment and people but mostly people what about people improving their lives i said thinking of the flood-destroyed houses we were rebuilding in hfh and the flotsam beggars that roamed the streets of guangzhou slowly but surely mr lees inspired me in that phase in my life i learned the depth and breadth of the meaning of passion passion was not simply a passing fancy or even a mild interest it was not is not simply enjoyment or concern passion was red and bold and beautiful passion was excitement involvement and sacrifice passion was inspiration passion was commitment passion was crying over abandoned orphans and the degradation of the environment and the moonbears locked in little metal cages most importantly passion was making a change wanting a sustainable amendment to a problem mr lees was the embodiment of passion an endless well of energy directed not only at finding problems in the world and making changes but also and perhaps more importantly at inspiring others to join him in his cause never before had i met a person so passionate and his passion inspired my own on that monday afternoon when i stumbled into mr lees room i stumbled onto my fate i already loved community service but love was the first hypothetical drop in the bucket of all-consuming passion within a month of stumbling into mr lees room we had created and i had become president of a group of nearly twenty similarly inspired students united by common goals finding problems forming solutions and expanding community service in those first few months as we examined issues and established initiatives i was overwhelmed by the general sense that there are things that are wrong in the world more importantly i realized there are changeable things wrong in the world things that i could change with the help of my community my passion was derived from that realization over the course of that year and with the help of almost the entire aisg community we arranged for a service summit through the all china and mongolia international schools acamis network inviting international school delegations from around the country as well as several community service organizations animals asia habitat for humanity amnesty international a long slew of them with the aspiration of establishing partnerships community not only between the community service organizations and the individual member schools but also between the international schools our hope was that the international school of beijing isb for example would be inspired by the animals asia representative if isb through the summit knew that the american international school of guangzhou aisg also had a focus group for animals asia we could work together on projects to raise awareness and solve problems community we built up community within our school we built up community within our city now we wanted to build up community within our country community the source and the solution for many problems in the world puts the true meaning into community service for my assistance in these accomplishments as president of the community service club and student coordinator of the community service advisory council as well as for my involvement in many focus groups habitat for humanity peer tutoring national honor society amnesty international and aries ambassadors i was awarded the east asia regional council of overseas schools earcos global citizenship award at the end of my junior year the award itself is not the accomplishment however the accomplishment is everything behind the award as is beautifully summarized by the inscription reading the engraved words is a true reminder of community service as i understand it passion commitment and community the award reads this student has an open mind is well-informed aware and empathetic concerned and caring for others encourages a sense of community and is strongly committed to engagement and action to make our world a better place i wish i had an award with that inscription for every person that i have worked with in community service once a person is inspired and finds their passion simply watching the changes they can make the barriers they overcome and achievements that they attain through their desire for the world to be a better place is in return the most inspiring reason for passion and community with me as with every inspired person passion fostered by the community breeds commitment and ultimately achievement 13 -

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