Morgan Elementary Title I Event Celebrates Chinese New Year | Arts & Culture
Xin Nián Kuài Lè! Happy Chinese New Year!
Chinese was just one of the foreign cultures students and parents discovered as Morgan Elementary School hosted its Title 1 Literacy Night event on Tuesday, February 12. The event was titled “Reading Around the World,” and it gave the Morgan community the chance to become immersed in foreign cultures while participating in reading activities.
Lynne Flournoy, an Instructional Coach at Morgan Elementary School, said she wanted to create a fun environment for the parents and students.
“This is a time that we get together as a Morgan family,” she said.
The literacy night event gave students and parents the opportunity to go to different tables and experience a different culture. The event was organized in this manner so that, “the students can travel through books and literacy around the world,” Ms. Flournoy said.
The literacy night event was also an opportunity for Morgan Elementary School’s Mandarin Chinese teacher Hong Qian to explain the importance of the Chinese New Year. Mr. Qian told those in attendance that Chinese citizens wear red during the New Year celebration because they believe the color red brings good luck. He also explained that 2012 was the Year of the Dragon and 2013 will be the Year of the Snake.
The Chinese New Year was celebrated on February 10, but Mr. Qian explained that the celebration lasts two weeks.
“It’s the most important festival for the Chinese people,” Mr. Qian said. “No matter where you are, you will go back to your home and reunite with your family members."