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STVM Local History Class Welcomes Project Learn’s Rebecca Jenkins, Marquita Mitchell, and Afghan Refugee Fatima Joya

Sep 20, 2017

Mr. Boarman’s Local History class has been learning about the history of immigration in the Akron area as well as the current impact that immigrants and refugees have on the city. Three members from Project Learn of Summit County were gracious enough to come in and speak to our students about the history of immigration in Akron, what Project Learn does, and what life is like as an immigrant or refugee. The special guests were ESOL Coordinator Rebecca Jenkins, Executive Director Marquita Mitchell, and student and Afghan refugee Fatima Joya.

Jenkins gave a well rounded history of immigration in the city of Akron, which helped to connect to how immigration impacts Akron today. She then turned the conversation over to Joya, who immigrated from Afghanistan and Pakistan within the past two years. Joya is currently taking classes at Project Learn while working 40 third shift hours a week. In January, she will transition to Stark State where she will continue her education to one day become a dental hygienist. Students were able to ask Miss Joya about what life is like as a refugee, what some of her struggles have been, and even what her favorite American food is (it’s pizza!).

Thank you to these three for taking time out of their day to engage with our students, especially Fatima Joya, who was brave enough to stand in front of a room full of teenagers and speak as she is still learning the English language.