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Fifth-graders learn about immigrant kids

Fifth grade students at Scotten School have a better understanding of the hardships American immigrant children have faced throughout history, thanks to a new bookshelf at the Nevada County library.

This week, students gave an oral presentation to 60 third graders followed by an evening of reading to their parents.

The project is made possible by a “We the People Bookshelf Grant” through the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association, said Lucinda Sahm deLorimier, children’s librarian for the county.

The non-cash grant consists of 18 new American history books, including three in Spanish, to the Madelyn Helling Library for community use.

Teacher Sue Madigan’s fifth grade students already have made use of the gift by studying the lives and cultures of Asian, Mexican, African and European American immigrants.

“It’s brought discussions up among students. They’re looking at it through kids’ eyes,” Sahm deLorimier said.

In addition, the students created a paper quilt on “Becoming American,” which will be on display at the library along with the books the students read.


To contact Staff Writer Laura Brown, e-mail or call 477-4231.

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