CPS Students Celebrate Chinese New Year—the Year of the Sheep

Students at all levels of CPS schools participated in a multitude of Chinese New Year celebration through February, enjoying the spirit of festivity, interacting with their counterparts from China, and learning Chinese.

Highlights of the celebration programs include:

·      A performing group of more than 70 students and teachers from the Ren Da Fu Zhong, a middle school in Beijing, brought their superb dancing, singing, acrobatic skills, and martial arts to CPS on Feb. 13. Students from Whitney Young also presented their performance. The large auditorium at Whitney Young, with 550 seats, was not enough to accommodate the enthusiastic audience—additional chairs had to be brought in.  Dr. Joyce Kenner, principal of Whitney Young, presided the program in person.  Jane Lu, Director of CIC, and representatives from the Chinese Consulate in Chicago, including Deputy Consul General Liu Jun, and Cultural Consul Wang Yun attended the celebration.

·      Acrobatic performance—a group of professional acrobats from China presented a series of very entertaining programs to a packed audience of students from 14 schools at the Recital Hall at Walter Payton on Feb. 24, adding more excitement to the students' celebration of the Chinese New Year.

·      A variety of programs celebrating the Chinese New Year were carried out at nearly all the schools that have Chinese World Language Programs. Students and teachers were very creative in their activities, from dragon dance, lion dance, Chinese fashion show, making lanterns and dumplings, singing and dancing, creating new bulletin board and well-wishing couplets, and sharing Chinese New Year stories, etc., they all had fun while learning the traditions of the Chinese New Year. Select photos of the activities are posted in the Chinese New Year celebration gallery.

CIC would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous Year of the Sheep!