Students of Hopkins XinXing Academy and their families ushered in the year of the Dragon on Feb. 4 at their annual Lunar New Year Festival.  The event was held at Eisenhower Elementary School in Hopkins where XinXing Academy is located.  This is the fourth year of the festival, which has grown in attendance each year.  The festival included activity tables and zodiac themed games for elementary-aged children as well as fresh Chinese dishes catered by Royal Cuisine. 

XinXing’s Chinese New Year celebration continued later in the month with performances at Hopkins High School on Feb. 16 and 21.  XinXing students and teachers performed a variety of songs, dances and Chinese recitations, as well as a gong fu demonstration for audiences full of family and friends.  The masters of ceremony for the performances were XinXing students that participated in the Chinese Speaking Winner class offered through the Hopkins Community Ed program. 

XinXing Academy is the elementary-level Chinese immersion program within the Hopkins School District.  The program began with two Kindergarten classes in 2007, and each year an additional grade is added through grade six.  The program will continue with Chinese curriculum choices in secondary school, as well.  Currently XinXing consists of students in Kindergarten through the fourth grade.  Both of the XinXing Chinese New Year events were sponsored by Bei Dou Xing, a nonprofit organization made up of parents dedicated to supporting the Hopkins District Chinese Immersion Program (www.beidouxingmn.com).  

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