Photos by Jason Foy Photography
Curtner Elementary School held its annual Lunar New Year celebration on February 8, during two separate assemblies for kindergarten- through third-graders and fourth- through sixth-graders.
“Celebrations like this honor the multiculturalism that's reflected in our community and builds confidence and benevolence in our students,” Principal Jackie Vo-Felbinger said.
Sixty-five percent of Curtner students identify as Asian. Each year, from late January to the middle of February, many Asian countries (including China, Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Singapore) celebrate the Lunar New Year as national holidays.
This year, organization Able2Shine joined in the festivities at Curtner, working closely with the Parent Teacher Association and staff to provide training to students and parents on coordination of the assembly, student performances, and gathering of outside performers.
“We received comments from students of all backgrounds who talked about how much they enjoyed the show and how they want to experience this celebration again,” Vo-Felbinger said. “The celebration shined light on the pride of students who had these experiences as a part of their family traditions, bonding them even more closely to the school.”