Lindbergh students celebrate Chinese New Year with dragon parade

Lindbergh Early Childhood Education teacher Shirley Phillips leads prekindergarten and older PEGS students through the halls of Concord Elementary School.

Lindbergh Early Childhood Education teacher Shirley Phillips leads prekindergarten and older PEGS students through the halls of Concord Elementary School.

Students at Concord Elementary School welcomed the Year of the Dragon with a Chinese New Year celebratory parade.

Early Childhood Education students in Shirley Phillips’ prekindergarten class worked together with Sheri Strebler’s third-, fourth- and fifth-graders in the Program for Exceptionally Gifted Students, or PEGS, to create two large paper dragons.

PEGS students constructed the dragon heads, and helped ECE students make the body. On Jan. 23, students paraded through the halls, handing out fortune cookies and lucky coins, and wishing their classmates “Gung Hay Fat Choy!” — Happy New Year in Chinese.

The Chinese New Year celebration is an annual tradition for Phillips, who has been sharing her Chinese culture with students for 24 years