Woodstock Elementary School, noted for its Chinese Immersion Program, celebrates the Lunar New Year

DAVID F. ASHTON - Concluding a Chinese dance number were students in the Woodstock Elementary Schools Mandarin Immersion Program during this years Lunar New Year festival. Woodstock Elementary School was alive with activity on Friday evening, February 7, as its annual "Woodstock Lunar New Year Festival" got underway.

"We host this festival because of our Mandarin [language] Immersion Program here," explained Principal Seth Johnson.

About 60% of the students, out of a student body of 550, are in that Mandarin Immersion Program, Johnson said. "And, because of our Mandarin program, students from a number of cultures come to school here; so it's great to have the opportunity to celebrate Lunar New Year with everyone here."

However, the celebration isn't limited to Mandarin language program students and their families, Johnson pointed out to THE BEE. "We get the word out that all the families in our school community are welcome, and that we want them to have the opportunity to enjoy this cultural experience."

A "bouncy house" was set up for kids to play in, in the gym – as well as stations for making Lunar New Year crafts. In the cafetorium, students performed traditional songs and dance routines.

"We also have food – which is my favorite part; this year, it was sponsored by Pure Spice Restaurant," Johnson grinned.

In all, smiles abounded, and everyone looked to be having a delightful evening at this charming celebration.

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