I'm raising money to bring a group of students from BINcA's Student Government to New York to visit Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty in order to gain a deeper understanding of the immigration history of the U.S.
The field trip that I’m planning for my students involves visiting New York City, with a focus on the historical and cultural aspects of the city. We hope to Visit the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, 9/11 Memorial, Empire State Building, the MET museum, and NYU. My hope is that this experience will help them to increase their understanding of important landmarks and symbols that represent freedom, diversity and hope. America is their new home. I want them to be confident in their understanding of American History and for them to experience the beauty of this country.
Our first stop is the Statue of Liberty, a symbol that has greeted millions of immigrants into this country. My students come from Cape Verde, Kenya, Vietnam, Guatemala, El Salvador, Haiti, Nepal, Algeria, Somalia. All of my students are here seeking the American dream, some escaped extreme poverty, some are refugees, some escaped violence and war, and others are uniting with long, lost relatives. Most of them have shared their immigration stories at some point with our school community. Some common themes in their stories are resilience, perseverance and determination. What binds this group together is their desire to participate and contribute to their new communities here in America. Students will get the opportunity to understand America’s immigration history with a trip to Ellis Island. They will get to explore art from all over the world by taking a tour of the MET museum. With a tour at the Empire State building, students will get a view of the city and unlock some unforgettable memories. With an actual trip to New York, my students will gain a profound understanding of America’s immigration history.
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