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What's new in school: McDill students learn about immigration through skits

11:19 AM, Mar. 7, 2013
Fourth-grade teacher Scott Ruesch and his class at McDill Elementary School pose for a picture after performing skits about immigrants coming to America through Ellis Island.
Fourth-grade teacher Scott Ruesch and his class at McDill Elementary School pose for a picture after performing skits about immigrants coming to America through Ellis Island.
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To culminate their social studies unit on the study on immigration, fourth-graders at McDill Elementary School performed skits about European immigrants from Poland, Germany, Switzerland, Ireland, Norway, Italy and the Netherlands coming to America through Ellis Island.

Dressed to represent the immigrants they were portraying, the students entered the "Ellis Island" classroom and immediately endured a doctor's exam to check their gait, heart, lungs and eyes. Anyone who did not meet the standardized health criteria was sent back to their home country. The fourth-graders quickly ...

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