A lesson in history and cultural diversity has students simulate Ellis Island immigration.
Second graders played the parts of late nineteenth and early twentieth century immigrants coming to America through Ellis Island, most of whom were from Europe.
“I hope I can get a better job and live there so I can worship God,” said Maggie Frasier, playing the part of 21 year old Einor Nordstrom who traveled across the Atlantic Ocean from Sweden.
Students learned that the process of entering the United States through Ellis Island was a vigorous one. Some also found that their great grandparents had experienced a similar process, through Ellis Island and other ports.
“We have had several students who have gone home and talked about their family history and family tree,” said second grade teacher Jennifer Perrin.