News from Horace Greeley High School:
Chappaqua — Horace Greeley High School Chinese language students yesterday joined the millions of people throughout the world marking the end of the 15-day Chinese New Year celebrations with a Lantern Festival.
The tradition of the Yuan Xiao Festival of making paper lanterns and enjoying a feast of dumplings was incorporated into the study of Chinese culture, which forms a large part of the Chinese curriculum in the school. “It’s important that students understand the Chinese culture while studying the language,” teacher Polly Li said.
Before handing out steaming dumplings, she slipped in a quick lesson on the correct use of chopsticks, challenging students to test their skills by picking up peanuts.
Chinese is increasingly popular at Greeley, where it has been offered for four years to upperclassmen. Last year, the elective was offered to freshmen and sophomores for the first time, and students can now take Chinese for three years at Greeley.