2006-05-25 / News

Students take trip to Ellis Island to learn about immigrantion

Nina Diepenbrock was one of 42 students who braved wind and rain to see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island last week. Photo by Kate Petrie Nina Diepenbrock was one of 42 students who braved wind and rain to see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island last week. Photo by Kate Petrie On May 19, some 42 fourthgraders as well parents and school staff - a total of 80 people - departed Jamestown on two chartered buses for a much anticipated trip to Liberty State Park, which included a ferry trip to the Ellis Island Immigration Museum.

Once on the island the fourthgraders were engulfed in the many exhibits displayed on the three floors of the museum. Many of these exhibits were assisted by interactive commentary. Favorites included the Hearing Room, Audio Tours, Treasures from Home, and the Dormitory Room. The changing exhibits section of the museum featured an exhibit on the Russian prisons. The outdoor Wall of Honor was a favorite as well. After reboarding the ferry, the group made a stop at Liberty Island, where they all took pictures from the top of the the Statue of Liberty National Monument.

Prior to the trip, the students learned about immigration, and had a presentation from actor Dennis Heaphy, who portrayed Boris Krasnilov, a Russian immigrant who faced a board of immigration officials when he reached Ellis Island. Headed up by Melrose principal Kathy Almanzor, the judges debated Krasnikov's fate and finally granted him entry into the United States.

The Jamestown PTO provided financial assistance and all who helped with the planning.

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