Fourth graders got a lesson in citizenship at their school when there was an opportunity to have students witness a naturalization ceremony firsthand at their school.

Students Witness a Naturalization Ceremony FirsthandAt C.K. Burns Elementary School, fourth grade teacher Cathy Baillargeon talked about how the children study immigration year round as part of their social studies curriculum.

“It’s a whole integrative unit, so students end up writing about a topic about immigration,” Baillargeon said.

Fourth grade teacher Andrea Conley agreed, saying that the cermony showed the children that immigration is not just part of the history of the United States, it is part of the present as well.

“We tend to focus more on the end of the century, on Ellis Island,” Conley said. “Just being able to have this kind of ceremony was wonderful because kids are able to see that it’s still going on today.”

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