Students at University School of Milwaukee celebrated the Chinese New Year and ushered in the year of the water tiger, thanks to the coordination of efforts amongst teachers in all divisions. Upper School Chinese Teacher Haiyun Lu and her students led a parade through the Middle School, where they were greeted in the hallway by 5th Grade World Cultural Geography Teacher Hannah Reimer and her students. In addition, several of Lu’s students visited classes in the Lower School to teach them about the celebration and symbolism. Lu also led several dumpling-making sessions for 5th grade students.
The Chinese New Year, or Lunar New Year, is celebrated by an estimated 2 billion people around the world. In Chinese culture, dragons are bearers of wealth and good fortune and are often included in new year celebrations, including the one at USM.