Springfield Genius Academy in Springfield Opens To a Joyous Traditional Chinese Celebration

Ribbon Cutting Credits: Ellen Dickson
Lion Dance Credits: Ellen Dickson
Drummers accompanying Lion Dance Credits: Ellen Dickson
Ms. Wei and a celebrant Credits: Ellen Dickson
Homemade treats for the celebration Credits: Ellen Dickson
Lettuce is eaten and scattered by the lions to promote good luck Credits: Ellen Dickson

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Springfield Genius Academy celebrated their ribbon cutting event on Saturday with many dignitaries in attendance. Mayor Rich Huber did the honors and Township Committee members Erica DuBois and Chris Capodice were in attendance. The Springfield Patriot Chamber was represented by Co-Chair Mike Scalera and Networking Vice-President Elliot Merkin.

This Chinese Immersion Preschool  has taken over the entire building at 66 Morris Avenue and has been reconfigured with classroom space, an art room, auditorium and exercise space. A special room dedicated to homework is set aside. The children are expected to finish their homework before the parental pick-up so that parents have more quality time with their children.

The event was kicked off with the Lion Dance, a very traditional dance done at major events. It is done to bring in good luck, good fortune and prosperity. The two lions, one representing the head, the other the body were accompanied by drums, a cymbal and a gong. As the lions moved around the crowd, heads of lettuce were eaten and then thrown in the air. The lettuce is scattered to symbolize a fresh start for the new year and the spreading of good luck.

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The school teaches traditional mandarin to children whose native language is mandarin and to those whose first language is not. Springfield Genius Academy has a full enrollment as an afterschool program but is now expanding into pre-school and kindergarten.

Springfield Genius Academy is open from 7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. If interested in further information, please contact Ms. Wei at 732-213-9618. is Springfield’s free daily news source. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and Twitter @TAPSpringfield.

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