Phenix Students Learn about China

   Written by on September 21, 2017 at 10:37 am

Phenix studentsPHENIX – Recently, the third grade students at Phenix Elementary School have been learning about ancient China.  After reading several non-fiction books in the library, Mrs. Watkins, the librarian, invited a community member to share her knowledge of the country with the children. Ms. Carolyn Wallace, former teacher, came to the library and talked to the children about her father’s experience in China following World War II.  After teaching them the Chinese greeting for hello, she showed various objects her father had brought back to the states following his military service.  Serving as a marine, her father returned to the States with many items.  Hand-made silk handkerchiefs, kimonos, and obis (sash worn around kimonos) were a few of the items Ms. Wallace brought to share with the students.  She explained that the reason many of these depicted dragons was because the Chinese thought the dragon provided them with protection.  She also showed a beautiful painting her father drew of a dragon and some handmade Chinese jewelry.  The students enjoyed not only seeing the various items but loved hearing about China.  Phenix Elementary is so fortunate to have a wealth of knowledgeable individuals who are willing to share their experiences with our children.

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