Pasadena High School Celebrates Chinese New Year with Visiting Chinese Students

Published : Thursday, January 30, 2014 | 12:23 AM

Pasadena High School and the Pasadena Sister Cities Committee will celebrate Chinese New Year on Friday with 23 students and three teachers from Beijing Normal University-attached Experimental High School.

The China-based students will stay in Pasadena for three weeks, from January 18 to February 7, home-stayed by the families of Pasadena High School students.

The Chinese New Year celebration will be held at the Pasadena High School auditorium from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. Dinner will be served to the host families, students, teachers and staff.

The Pasadena Sister Cities Committee took the visiting students to the Huntington Library last January 25. They are also set to visit the University of Southern California and Science Museum on January 30, and the Olvera Street and the Chinese American Museum on February 1.

The visiting students are also scheduled to meet Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard and Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez on February 4, before a final farewell ceremony at Pasadena High School on February 7.

In turn, 10 teachers from Pasadena High School and Field Elementary are set to visit China in March 2014 to be hosted by Beijing schools. Jon Gundry, superintendent of Pasadena Unified School District, is expected to go with them.

The China-bound group will be escorted by Dr. Cathy Wei, chair of Xicheng Beijing Subcommittee of Pasadena Sister Cities Committee and Professor at Pasadena City College, who has been instrumental in developing the school partnerships.

Pasadena High School is located at 2925 E Sierra Madre Blvd. For more information, call (626) 396-5880 or visit http://www.phs.pasadenausd.org.

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