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Lunar New Year is celebrated across Cave Creek Schools


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  • Cristina Ladas   |   Cave Creek Unified School District

Horseshoe Trails Elementary School Prepares For The Schoolwide Dragon And Lion Dance. Photo Courtesy Cave Creek Unified School District

With the lunar calendar starting on January 25, Chinese Lunar New Year had quite a presence in Cave Creek Schools (CCUSD93) this year!

With over 1,300 PK-12 graders learning Chinese during the school day, it was no wonder that everyone turned out for the festive days.

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At Cactus Shadows High School, even the AP/IB students took time out to decorate the hallways and celebrate Chinese New Year. Photo courtesy Cave Creek Unified School District

At Horseshoe Trails Elementary, the kindergarten students in the Chinese immersion pathway had a Naming Ceremony where each child received an authentic Chinese name.

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CCUSD93 elementary schools with Chinese programs each experienced a student-led Dragon dance and parade. Photo courtesy Cave Creek Unified School District

Parents attended a formal tea ceremony and learned about Chinese tea culture while upper grade level students learned how to make the perfect folds along the top of a dumpling.

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CCUSD93 Chinese teachers proudly wear traditional dress from their home country during the Chinese New Year celebrations to expose students to this ancient culture. Photo courtesy of Cave Creek Unified School District

While students wished each other “新年快乐” or “Happy New Year” here, we want to extend even greater health and happiness wishes to our Chinese sister schools and friends across the world.

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Horseshoe Trails Elementary School prepares for the schoolwide Dragon and Lion Dance. Photo courtesy Cave Creek Unified School District