As a NH Children’s Photographer, I often get asked to attend school functions and take pictures. This year I was honored to attend the Immigration Simulation put on by the 3rd graders at Newfields Elementary School. Since January, these students have been studying the immigration of people in the 1800’s and 1900’s from Europe to America. This simulation was a culmination of everything that they have learned.
The morning started with the students boarding the S.S. Liberty bound for Ellis Island in America. They were broken up into first class passengers and those passengers in steerage.
Steerage passengers kept occupied in the cramped quarters with card games, books and sewing. Meanwhile, in first class, the passengers had snacks, water and were asked to participate in parties on the upper levels where there was enough room to walk around and stretch your legs.
Once they arrived on Ellis Island, there was lots of waiting…and waiting…and waiting. One of the students even said “I hate Ellis Island, it is so boring!” Exactly, it was for all those immigrants coming to America.
The students were each given a scenario of a ‘character’ that they would act out during the simulation. Each student had to learn about where this person was from, why they were leaving and where they were going. They did such a great job! I was truly impressed by their knowledge and enthusiasm. They all played their parts perfectly and did such a great job staying in character and acting VERY SERIOUS.
During the information and interview process, each child had to write out who they were and answer a series of questions about where they came from and why they were leaving.
All baggage was checked and inspected while all students had to pass a medical evaluation. It was quite funny to watch some of their reactions when they were sent to quarantine.
The final stop was to passport where each students passport was stamped!
With the help of many parent volunteers and staff members who worked so hard to put on this simulation, the students all made it to America and had a very successful Immigration Simulation. I am looking forward to attending this great event each year and am excited to watch all three of my children go through this really fun day.
When I dropped off the Custom DVD Slideshow that I made for the children, they were so excited and proud of themselves. This is why I do what I do! The excitement of the kids and their teachers when they see the final product makes it all worth it. A huge thank you to Mrs. Bennett and Mrs. Hager at Newfields Elementary School for inviting me into their classrooms for this fun day.
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