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Middle school students prepare for Hmong New Year

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - You may be day dreaming of thanksgiving meals but one group is already thinking about New Year festivities.

This weekend marks the start of the Hmong New Year, and on Thursday, Northstar Middle School students attended an assembly to learn about the celebration. A Hmong school board member held a question and answer session with sixth grade students. The Hmong New Year is similar to American Thanksgiving in that it is a celebration of the end of the harvest season. The school says the idea behind the assembly is to help students learn about different cultures.

"Research continues to show us that students who see themselves represented in the curriculum, they tend to be more engaged in the classrooms. And if they're more engaged in the classrooms, they tend to do better," said

There will be a community-wide Hmong New Year festival to kick off this weekend's two day celebration. It takes place at the McPhee Center on the UW-Eau Claire campus and starts Saturday at 8:30 a.m.

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