Lexington sixth graders got a taste of what many of their ancestors may have experienced when immigrating to America one hundred years ago. Click to hear KMZU’s Marie King speak with Teacher Jamie Lynn:
This is the fourth year the sixth grade class has gone through a simulation of Ellis Island. The students were given an immigrant’s identity about three weeks ago, but some students chose to research their own ancestors and used that for the project. On Thursday, 75 students, in costume, boarded a school bus that served as a ferry and travelled to the Lexington United Methodist Church – which had been transformed into Ellis Island. Once there, they went through the same checkpoints immigrants on the real Ellis Island did when coming to America. Some characters were found unfit, and were deported, while others were allowed to stay in the U.S.
Lynn’s format has been put into a booklet for other schools to use when teaching students about immigration on Ellis Island.