Throughout China, the highlight of the winter months is Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year or Spring Festival. Northwest Chinese Academy celebrated this year’s festival, the Year of the Sheep, with multiple performances and a fundraising event.
NWCA families, staff and friends kicked off the new year season with the school’s largest annual event, the Hong Bao Gala, which is a chance to celebrate the school’s successes and raise money for the future. 180 guests celebrated together on January 31st at the Portland Golf Club. We joined together to raise more than $85,000 for NWCA’s operating expenses. Guests were treated to entertainment by talented NWCA parents, who provided live music in a game of “Name that Tune” and danced the tango. Student artwork is always popular at the auction providing beautiful, unique hand made artwork that brought in record amounts this year! Hong Bao 2015 was a grand way to kick off the Year of the Sheep.
The students of NWCA continued the Year of the Sheep celebration with performances in Beaverton and Portland’s Chinatown. They kicked off their performances with an all-school event, showcasing performances they rehearsed for months. NWCA families and friends were impressed with song, dance and poetry performances in Chinese, English, and Spanish. The lower grades even performed songs they’d written in English class, while upper grades impressed with scenes from Shakespeare’s Macbeth.
They were also honored to perform at the Lan Su Chinese Garden in Portland’s Old Chinatown during the Garden’s Chinese New Year celebration. All the garden guests had a chance to watch Northwest Chinese Academy’s talented students perform their Chinese songs, dances and poetry in a beautiful outdoor setting.