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Traveling Through Immigration Simulation

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The third/fourth grade students at St. George Elementary recently traveled through an Immigration Simulation.  They got a passport with their given name and first name and what country they were traveling from.  Everyone was in a large group and had to find their family members by asking their names.  They then traveled to the Great Hall to go to the check-in process where their passports were checked for accuracy and waited in long lines to go to the other stations.  One station was the health inspection where Nurse Lind checked their vision, hearing, and general health.  They then went to the pysical fitness station with soldiers from Fort Riley putting them through vaious physical fitness tests.  They needed to have $20 for each family member and say the Pledge of Allegience.  The language station was one of the most difficult.  The Spanish students from Rock Creek High School helped out by asking check-in questions in Spanish.  The groups worked together to try to figure out key words that were spoken just as immigrants that came through Ellis Island might have done in the past.  

The students finished the rotations watching a ferry boat of immigrants passing by the Statue of Liberty on their way to Ellis Island and writing letters home to their loved ones.  The idea behind the simulation is to give the students a hands-on look at what immigrants experienced when they came to through Ellis Island to become American citizens.  It may have been a hard trip but well worth the opportunity to live in the United States of America.