Forest Avenue Celebrates China Day

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Forest Avenue School recently held its 2nd annual China Culture and Market Event. Fifty Mandarin students from Verona High School along with 30 Mandarin Club students from H.B. Whitehorne Middle School led the elementary school students in games and cultural events.

(l-r) Cinzia Cortese, China Day parent liason, with Mandarin teachers Yimin You (Forest and HBW), Elizabeth Toriello (curriculum director) Lily Szulc (7th/8th grade) and Betty Hou (8th grade and VHS)

Forest Avenue fourth graders, who have studied Mandarin since the first grade, performed a skit in Mandarin entitled, “Little Tadpoles Look for their Mother”. The event gave students an opportunity to engage in meaningful conversations in Mandarin and learn about different aspects of Chinese life and culture by participating in traditional activities including Chinese Yo Yo and Hacky Sack as well as origami and calligraphy.

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The event was sponsored in part with a grant from the Verona Foundation for Educational Excellence. For more information about VFEE, or to make a tax-deductible donation, visit its Web site.

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