Ransom Everglades students and faculty learned about the traditions of the Mid-Autumn Festival, the second-largest traditional Chinese festival, with a colorful and spirited celebration at the middle school on Sept. 29. The event featured student and professional performances, mooncake-making, calligraphy, tea ceremonies, lantern-making, a chess tournament, delicious Chinese food and the contributions of RE's Chinese Parent Committee.
In preparation for the festival, students helped decorate their classrooms and studied the Mid-Autumn festival traditions. Members of RE's Chinese classes crafted oil paintings, watercolor paintings, digital art works and handcrafts and participated in a skit that showed how Houyi shot the nine Suns, Chang’E rushed to the Moon, Wu Gang endlessly cut down a self-healing osmanthus tree on the Moon, and the Jade rabbit pounded medicine.
Faculty members Karina Buhler and Vanessa Lopez organized the festival with the help of Head of the Middle School Pete Di Pace, fellow teachers and parents including: Yajuan Wang, Abby Kellett, Helen He, Xuan Jiang, Lusha Roy, Yang Wen, Haoming Liu, Liping Xu, Yajuan Wang, Lihua Zhai and Shanjie Li.
Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.