Chinese New Year at JFK

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In teacher Lauren Fitzmaurice's first-grade classroom at John F. Kennedy Elementary School in East Islip, the Year of the Tiger was celebrated in style, led by student Adelie Barbera. The class was treated to a special Chinese New Year party, courtesy of Adelie's parents, Mark and Cathryn Barbera.

The culturally stimulating event included a quick mini-lesson in Mandarin, a taste of Chinese snacks, a Chinese New Year book reading and accompanying discussion of the zodiac animals, a fan dance demonstration, and a bubble wrap stomp parade that simulates the holiday's firecracker traditions.