Celebrating the Year of the Dog at Abbey Lane
Third-graders at Abbey Lane Elementary School recently embraced Chinese culture during their Chinese New Year celebration on Feb. 16. The students created decorations and participated in a colorful parade throughout the hallways of the school for student onlookers.
Leading up to the festivities, third-grade classes studied the government, culture, people, economy, geography and history of China. Students also created their own Chinese New Year book and wrote about their personal zodiac signs.
"They have really done an amazing job," said teacher Susan Zizza. "They love learning about other cultures and we have been comparing how different China is from the United States which they are amazed by."
Classrooms were decorated in spirit of the Chinese New Year, as students crafted a variety of items such as paper lanterns, masks, crowns, Chinese New Year placemats and dragons. In addition, students celebrated the Chinese New Year with a traditional feast including pineapples and tangerines and each received a red envelope containing play money.