MONTVILLE, NJ – Teachers, staff and administration at Montville Township High School were treated to a large buffet luncheon on Feb. 19 as the Montville Township Chinese Association presented them with a teacher appreciation lunch.

Coincidentally, it was the last day of the 15-day celebration of the Chinese New Year, often called the lantern festival, and lanterns hung all over the teachers’ cafeteria; custom-made flower and fruit arrangements adorned the room. Offerings included dumplings, general tsao’s chicken, shrimp, chicken and broccoli and other Chinese favorites. Along with the traditional Chinese fare, there were also plates of sushi, salmon, chicken marsala, fruit and salads. Cake, cookies, and special desserts capped off the meal.

“We voted three years ago to begin sponsoring these luncheons and we think they’re very successful and meaningful,” said chairwoman Monica Ko. “We hope to continue them every year to show our appreciation of the teachers’ hard work, to spread good will, to promote Chinese culture in the community, and to celebrate the Chinese New Year at the same time.”

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“This was a meal that the association gave in celebration of how much we appreciate the teachers, even when not all members have a student in the school,” association president Margaret Lam said.

Ko agreed.

“Parents made the flower and fruit arrangements – we wanted to show our appreciation by showing our efforts,” she said. “Everyone in the Chinese community is very supportive, not just those who live here but those in the surrounding towns. Restaurants who knew the event was coming up reached out to us. We are very happy to promote diversity in this great community.”

Volunteers included: Margaret K. Lam, Christine Tao Cheung, AiHua Cong, June Du, LiHua Gu, Emily Hew, XiaoTing Li, Tina Liu, Xiaoyu Liu, YongDong Liu, YuanMei Liu, XiaoYu Lu, Joanna Q Shen, and Lei Yao.

Sponsors for the event were: Aiyu, Amy Song, Cathleen, Christine Tao Cheung, Dana Dang (Garden Home Realty), Dong, Emily Hew, Jin Zheng, Joanna Shen, Julia Cong, Julia Zheng, June Du, Kai Wang, Lihua Gu, Lucy Luo, Michael Xie (Garden Home Realty), Ming Xiao, Monica Ko, Renee Ji, Sarah, Shannon Lu, Tina Liu, Xin Wen, Xiaoyu Lu, Xiaoyu Sun, XiaoTing Li, Yao Lei, Yi Yuan, YuanMei Liu and Zhao Mei.

Asian Kawa, China Pavilion, Colombia Inn, and Fortune City restaurants donated food for the event.

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