Risa_and_LionRed Bank Regional Principal Risa Clay welcomed the students of The Jersey Shore Chinese School, and the star of their Lion Dance, at the Chinese New Year celebration at RBR on January 31, ushering in the Year of the Monkey. (Photo by Chimin Hu)

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

On January 31, the Red Bank Regional High School community welcomed The Jersey Shore Chinese School students to their school, to usher in the Year of The Monkey. RBR Chinese students emceed the festive celebration, in sharing the Chinese cultural education experience with their peers.

The program was a feast of color, pagentry and skill. Chinese students displayed their talents with the Chinese yo-yo; beautifully festooned dancers performed an elegant folk dance, while others manipulated the serpentine dragon in his traditional dance. RBR Principal Risa Clay courageously fed the red envelope to the Lion, which signifies warding away evil spirits and bringing good luck.

FolkdancersJersey Shore Chinese School students Melanie Chen, Kaitlyn Chien, Gloria Liu, Min Lombardi, Audrey Su, Ashley Sun, Sydney Sun, and Jodie Chung perform a beautiful folk dance in sharing their culture and heritage at RBR for Chinese New Year. (Photo by Lin Lombardi)

Red Bank Regional Chinese World Language Teacher Chinyun Wu, who also teaches at the Jersey Shore Chinese School’s campus in Holmdel, arranged for her students’ performance at RBR.

“The year 2016 is the Year of the Monkey, which extends from February 8 through January 27, 2017,” she explains. “The monkey represents the ninth in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac. The monkey zodiac sign is smart, clever and intelligent, especially for career and wealth.”

“We wish everyone a wealthy and healthy Year of Monkey,” she adds.