CLARK, NJ – Mother Seton Peer Pals hosted a Chinese New Year celebration Jan. 30, honoring the 26 international students from China currently studying at the high school.
All students and faculty were invited to attend the event where Chinese students cooked and shared traditional Chinese dishes in the Family and Consumer Science kitchen. During the morning liturgy for Catholic School's Week, Christine Danelson, music teacher and school social worker, also led the Seton Ensemble in singing a Chinese folk song entitled "Mo Li Hua" (English translation: Jasmine Flower).
In addition to following the college preparatory or honors curriculum, Chinese students also take ESL classes to assist with language and cultural transition. ESL, Spanish teacher, and Director of Admissions, Mrs. Karla Giron spearheaded a program called "Peer Pals,” comprised of both international and American students, to assist the international students in this transition. Peer Pals is in addition to learning more about American culture, Chinese students also share about their own values and traditions.