HOLMDEL, NJ - On Saturday, February 1, the Jersey Shore Chinese School celebrated the Chinese New Year. This is the Year of the Rat. Based on the fantastic show, the gracious hosts and the beautiful decorations, it will be a wonderful year. Principal Jasmine Lee and the entire JSCS team shared their culture, wisdom and talents with those in attendance, and they were very much appreciated by all present. 

Prior to the beginning of the show, guests began to gather and photographer's cameras were at the ready.  The Jersey Shore Chinese School, a very proactive educational and cultural institution in the area, treated guests like family.  In addition to the families of the school and their friends and guests, many dignitaries are sure to attend each year.

The talent show alone is a big draw and many come back every year.  On hand were members from the Holmdel School Board including Senior Board of Education Member and Vice President Mike Sockol. New Board Member Elizabeth Urbanski attended along with Board Member Terence Wall. Urbanski and Wall graduated from Holmdel High School together.

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The talent show started at 1:30 and at 4 o'clock a party reception was underway with lots of great Chinese food of course and also pizza and soda for the guests - a  youth raffle and an adult raffle were also held with all sorts of great prizes. There was also karaoke!  The talent show included various Chinese language readings,  expert young talent on Chinese yo-yos and so many special dances by talented young performers. The dragons were very colorful. 

From the backstage crew to the actors and dancers and singers, the adults and children involved formed a cohesive team to rival any professional show. They should be quite proud of their talent and especially their historic cultural  heritage. They represented it so well on this day.

The Jersey Shore Chinese School (新海中文學校) is a non-profit organization, which is open to the public. JSCS was founded in 1979 with the objective of promoting an understanding of Chinese language, culture and arts. JSCS has been located at William R. Satz School of Holmdel since 1989. The school offers various classes in Chinese language for students with different levels of proficiency. Mandarin is the main instructional language in all language classes, including those offered for non-Mandarin speaking children and adults. In addition to the language classes, the school provides students with a variety of cultural programs such as Tai-Chi, Chinese painting and calligraphy, Chinese folk dance, Chinese Arts & Craft , Multi-Media Painting, Chinese Yo-Yo, Ping-pong, Fun Sports Club, Pami Kol Self Defense Martial Arts, and lion dance.

Sponsors of the Chinese New Year Celebration included:

IES Test Prep  

APEX DENTAL, LLC

Giordano Halloran and Ciesla

Red Bank Gastroenterology

One Stop College Counseling

Sultan Wok

Kickys

A Childs Place

Brace Place

My First Dentist

Matawan Eye Care

Lin Xu, M.D. Ph. D. of Southshore Medical Associates

Koi Sushi

Crown Palace Restaurant