ISAAC students recognized for ‘Community Faces’

ISAAC students Jasani Yard, Edgar Gonzalez, Prishtina Gashi, Ayanna Fernandez and Jose Rivera traveled to Hartford to accept the Angela R. Andersen Memorial Award at the state Capitol. They are shown here with social studies teacher Mike Kuczenski. (Photo submitted)
ISAAC students Jasani Yard, Edgar Gonzalez, Prishtina Gashi, Ayanna Fernandez and Jose Rivera traveled to Hartford to accept the Angela R. Andersen Memorial Award at the state Capitol. They are shown here with social studies teacher Mike Kuczenski. (Photo submitted)

Hardworking sixth graders at the Interdistrict School for Arts and Communication were recognized earlier this month for the project they created surrounding immigrant stereotypes in the community.

In the project, titled “Community Faces — Humanizing the Immigrant Label,” 94 students wanted to make a difference in the lives of others with their interactive book and traveling art gallery which shares the personal stories of 16 local immigrants who same to the United States.

Each group of students interviewed one immigrant and listened carefully. They took notes, portrait photographs and wrote scholarly descriptions using their research from all of their classes.

Students said they hope that people will take the time to listen. They have been sharing their work in various places in Connecticut this spring, and the project will also be displayed in the state Capitol from May 11 to May 31.

Students Jasani Yard, Edgar Gonzalez, Prishtina Gashi, Ayanna Fernandez and Jose Rivera traveled to Hartford to accept the Angela R. Andersen Memorial Award, which recognizes young citizens for their positive impact in the lives of immigrants across the state.

“I am very excited for all of the students to be recognized for the hard work they have put in to breaking community stereotypes about immigrants,” social studies teacher Mike Kuczenski said. “They have put their education into action, and their hard work serves as an example for all of us to become active global citizens who are difference makers.”

Sixth grader Brooke Romanski described the lessons she learned while creating the project, saying “the immigrant project is very important to all of us because people need to understand that immigrants do have a positive impact on our community. Everyone has a story. We just need to take the time to stop and listen. When you listen, you learn.”

Jayla Torres is a sixth grader at the ISAAC School.

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