Wardlaw-Hartridge Community Celebrates Chinese New Year

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Wardlaw-Hartridge School students participate in Chinese New Year celebration festivities. (Photo courtesy of Wardlaw-Hartridge School)

Wardlaw-Hartridge School students participate in Chinese New Year celebration festivities. (Photo courtesy of Wardlaw-Hartridge School)

EDISON — The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison treated the community to an extravaganza of dance, food and other cultural activities in recognition of Chinese New Year on Feb. 8.

With snow falling outside, parents, faculty and staff members joined students from the Middle and Upper Schools in the celebration. Lower School students visited the Oakwood Room later in the morning to join in the fun with games and treats. The day was organized by Chinese teachers Hua Liu and Alice Zhao and was funded by the Confucius Classrooms Network.

Activities began in Laidlaw Gym with two dragons entering and parading past the students. Seniors Kimberly Son of Woodbridge and Nina Pangan of Colonia won the chopsticks competition in which students had to pick up as many small beans as possible and transfer them to a plate in one minute. Then, the Middle School students engaged in a fierce tug of war.

Stephanie Smyczek of Edison, Haley Needle of Scotch Plains, Ashni Mehta of Piscataway and Alyssa Kennedy of Elizabeth sing a song in Chinese as part of the celebration. (Photo courtesy of Wardlaw-Hartridge School)

Stephanie Smyczek of Edison, Haley Needle of Scotch Plains, Ashni Mehta of Piscataway and Alyssa Kennedy of Elizabeth sing a song in Chinese as part of the celebration. (Photo courtesy of Wardlaw-Hartridge School)

The roster of entertainers and performances in the AP Room included: a chorus of “Descendants of Dragon” by International students, a Mongolian Dance by Jersey Joy Performing Arts, an energetic Taekwondo demonstration by the W-H Taekwondo Club, a Fan Dance by Jersey Joy Performing Arts, a Kung Fu display by the seventh graders, a vocal performance of Hometown of Moon by the senior girls in Chinese 1 class, A Moonlit Night On The Spring River dance by Jersey Joy Performing Arts, a Chinese Morning Exercise routine by the eighth graders, a Kun opera by Jersey Joy Performing Arts, a Xinjiang Dance by Jersey Joy Performing Arts and the finale, “If You Are Happy, Clap Your Hands,” by all students in the Chinese classes.


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