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New Salem Elementary students celebrate China's kite tradition

New Salem Elementary fourth-grader, Clayton Mullis, flies his kite on a beautiful September day.

The Double Ninth Festival is a kite flying festival celebrated in China on the ninth day of the ninth month each year.

The Chinese send symbolic kites into the air in efforts to make a wish for another person. It was thought the higher their kite flew, the more likely their wish would come true.

This year, on Sept. 9, 2013, the fourth-grade classes at New Salem Elementary School held their own kite flying festival.

Starting the very first week of school, students formed teams of two or three students, decided on the one symbol they’d like to paint on their kites, and began the construction.

They showed off their math skills as they measured and cut dowels to make the mast of their kites.

They painted beautiful symbols on their kites, and wrote very thoughtful wishes for another person.

The lamb, symbolizing respect, was chosen so that the world would show respect to each other and there would be peace.

The tiger, standing for courage, was also selected and many wishes for courage and bravery were lifted – including some for the New Salem community who face illness.

“The students thoroughly enjoyed their first project of the year as they worked collaboratively; problem solved, and applied Common Core State Standards in Math, Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science,” said Kasey Farmer, a fourth-grade teacher at New Salem Elementary.

“Before we flew our kites, we discussed how the Chinese fly theirs as a symbol of rising higher and higher, being better and better, stronger, smarter, and finer in everything they do,” Farmer said. “This is our wish for fourth grade and beyond!”

Written by: Kasey Farmer, a fourth-grade teacher at New Salem Elementary
Posted: Oct 02, 2013 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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