Miller's Run School Celebrates Chinese Year Of The Dragon

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Miller’s Run fourth-grader Michelle Lapoint, at left, holds the pearl of wisdom staff and dresses in Chinese garb to lead the giant red fabric dragon around the school Feb. 1. Jacob Surridge, Austyn Abbott and Jarrett Petterson follow behind.

SHEFFIELD -- Upon arriving at Miller's Run School on Feb. 1, students were greeted with the sight of a giant red fabric dragon and the sounds of Chinese music to commemorate the Year of the Dragon, thanks to art teacher Annie Gibavic. This is fitting considering the school's mascot is Draco the dragon, which is a mythical symbol depicted in paintings, drawings and sculpture throughout the school.

Music, drumbeat, art and costumes embodied the normally more subdued Miller's Run main hallway as students filed in to their homeroom classes. Later in the day, students of all grades put on brightly colored costumes and paraded with the large fabric dragon up and down the hall. The dragon is about 40-feet long and can be held as high as students can reach.

Gibavic said she borrowed the artifacts from the University of Vermont's cultural lending library. She traveled to China last summer for an educational culture exchange and, as a result, is sharing the culture with Miller's Run students. She is also directing eighth-grade students in a Chinese folk tale play to be performed later in the month.

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