Evergreen Elementary School Students Perform Annual Hmong Heritage Play

Hmong Heritage Month at Evergreen Elementary School is coming to an end, and today marked their third annual Hmong heritage play.

The school's fifth and fourth graders performed a traditional Hmong dance and a short skit that told an ancient Hmong story.

Norma Bazer said this is her fifth grade daughter's second year performing, and this year she was one of the dancers.

"We practiced every night," said Bazer, "We actually (downloaded) the song they played...and she danced for us every night." Bazer said she was extremely proud of her daughter for participating and learning about the Hmong culture.

Kaomanee Xiong, a fifth grade teacher, directed the dance portion of the performance. She said being Hmong, it meant a lot to her to have so many kids willing to be a part of the play.

"When I first put it out there I didn't really know how many kids I would have participating," said Xiong, "Especially kids that are not Hmong...but then I was so surprised and happy when I had a whole bunch of kids wanting to do this play."

Xiong said she's already looking forward to next year's performance.

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