Powhatan first-grader Olivia Wetzel, 6, peeks out from under the dragon she and her classmates made for the Chinese New Year celebration at the school on Friday. First-graders have been studying China for the last six weeks and ended the unit with a day of celebration, including visits to their classrooms from family and friends, a dragon parade, music and dance. Olivia's parents are Heather Gibson and Kevin Wetzel of Harpers Ferry, W.Va. (Photo by Ginger Perry/The Winchester Star)
Powhatan first-grader Ash King, 7, shows the Chinese garden he made in his class to his mother Kay King of Berryville.
Powhatan School first-grader Maddy Sluss, 7, shows her mother Amy Sluss a Chinese lantern she made. The first-graders topped off their study of China with lunch prepared by a local Chinese restaurant. (Photo by Ginger Perry/The Winchester Star)
On Friday, a 56-legged, red-and-orange dragon snaked its way onto the wooden floor of the Powhatan School gym. The 30-foot-long creature had brown paper bags and tissue paper for skin and feet…