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A graduation like no other is held

Asian American Coalition for Education completes its session

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Posted: Thursday, August 23, 2012 10:30 am | Updated: 10:28 am, Thu Aug 30, 2012.

Youngsters from the Asian American Coalition for Education summer school participated in a colorful graduation program Friday at Francis Lewis High School in Fresh Meadows.

Instead of diplomas and caps and gowns, the youngsters, ranging in age from 4 to their teens, danced and sang in Chinese and performed martial arts and modern dances.

The little ones, dressed in school T-shirts, sang, marched and did arm movements to simple songs.

Older boys performed a well-choregraphed kung fu demonstration, while teen girls did a dance routine to almost rival Broadway.

Luming Li, director of the coalition, said the seven-week program ran five days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Youngsters studied math and English, along with music and dance, with a focus on Chinese culture.

Proud parents filled the high school auditorium for the graduation program, which featured 20 numbers. Many recorded their children’s performances and cheered their achievements.

During the school year, an abbreviated coalition program and weekend classes are held at MS 158 in Bayside.

Li said her group has held classes since 1989. For more information, call (718) 229-1368 or go to AACENY.org.

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