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Ms. Lin’s “Hot Pot is the Staff of Life” project engaged participants in the cultural and historical significance of the hot pot of traditional cuisine. In the classroom, Ms. Lin taught the students about the history of hot pot in China, common ingredients used in the hot pot, the ingredients’ symbolism, and how to use chopsticks. Next, the students, their families, and school staff visited a local Chinese grocery store and restaurant to experience the hot pot firsthand. The project helped bridge the cultural disconnect between Chinese culture and the predominately Hispanic community at Edward Sadlowski Elementary School. Many participants had never had hot pot before but became interested in exploring more hot pot restaurants or making it themselves at home.