Chinese New Year is coming up and our school usually celebrates different cultural activities throughout the year. The fifth grade holds a parade for the school. Each of the three classrooms makes a dragon and we have a parade to scare out the evil spirits and cheer in the good ones. It is followed by a catered luncheon and often an assembly put on by the Chinese families from our school. Frequently this includes a fashion show of their various costumes, a talk about cultural comparisons, the Chinese New Year celebration itself, and an athletic demonstration. Our fifth graders finish up the event with group reports on topics such as the calendar, the Festival of the Lights, the Kitchen God, special foods served, the Dragon and Lion dances, etc. Our students and school unite to celebrate our cultural heritages.