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Students celebrate Chinese New Year

A volunteer cuts out decorations for Chinese New Year at Semiahmoo Trail Elementary last Thursday. Below, a student learns to paint Chinese symbols. - Sarah Massah photos
A volunteer cuts out decorations for Chinese New Year at Semiahmoo Trail Elementary last Thursday. Below, a student learns to paint Chinese symbols.
— image credit: Sarah Massah photos

Students at Semiahmoo Trail Elementary got a head start on Sunday’s Chinese New Year celebrations last Thursday with a variety of activities held at the school.

Organized by parent Adele Yu – with support from a number of other parents who have a Chinese heritage – the celebration included cartoons being shown on a projector screen, children’s music, decorations and stations showcasing significant Chinese symbols to educate children on the culture.

Stations included striking a gong while blindfolded and being guided by fellow students and a ring toss.

“The gong, when you hit it, you hear that sound and it’s for fortune and good luck,” Yu explained. “With the ring toss, it symbolizes securing your fortune.”

Yu, who is the school’s parent advisory council communications liaison, said she was first approached about doing something to celebrate Chinese culture by the PAC chair.

“There are 28 Chinese families in this school, and we were all so excited to share our culture with the rest of the school,” Yu said.

Most importantly, Yu said, she hoped that the event helped bridge a gap between the communities and create more understanding about the many cultures that are in the school.

“We’re so happy and so grateful for all the great support we receive here. We wanted to thank the community and bring everyone together,” she said.

 

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