Eighth Graders at Glen Crest Become New World Immigrants for a Day
The entire eighth grade class at Glen Crest Middle School in Glen Ellyn immersed themselves in an Immigration Experience that changed each and everyone of them into a desperate, anxious person from another country, pinning all their hopes and dreams on being admitted to the United States of America. Th students arrived at school on Monday, November 19, portraying a person from Europe or Asia and burying their own personality beneath the wardrobe and hard luck story they were assigned. The coordinators of this immigration interaction were the eighth grade social studies teachers, Pat Doyle and Kris Casey. They were helped in this endeavor by the rest of the middle school eighth grade teachers and the administrators who served as doctors, test givers, examiners and any other officials needed at Ellis Island where the immigrants were processed.
Each student had a different story and came from a background that could only improve by having a life in America. This Immigrant Experience completely immersed the Glen Crest eighth graders in the past and they were all affected by the day’s events. When an immigrant was asked what he would do if he was not going to be allowed in to the country, he put his head down and sighed, “I guess I will go back and try again. I will keep trying. I will never give up!”