Eshleman second-graders, led by their high school “buddies,” paraded around the elementary school in the colorful guise of a dragon Thursday morning to celebrate the Chinese New Year.
The youngsters joined five Penn Manor High School English Language Learners and Mabel Payne, a Chinese language interpreter, for a truly multicultural celebration.
Payne taught the students about the Chinese alphabet, demonstrated how to use chopsticks and gave each child a red envelope with a coin inside, part of a Chinese New Year tradition. The class then had rice, tea and orange slices before the parade began.
Anup Tamang, a Penn Manor senior from Nepal, donned the dragon head and led the clamorous procession in and out of several classrooms, where students sang a New Year’s song in Chinese.
The celebration, held annually, began five years ago as a way for a Penn Manor ELL student from China to celebrate his first New Year in America. This year’s celebration included students from India, Russia, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Nepal.