First Posted: 4/4/2012
Newton-Ransom Elementary School third graders participated in an interactive presentation March 26 which took them 100 years back in time.
Teachers guided long lines of students, who were each given a character role as an immigrant arriving in the country, through eight different stations representing some of the stopping points of more than 12 million immigrants between 1892 and 1954 in the Ellis Island Immigration Station. The presentation began with the immigrants' passage on a crowded boat (a small chalk circle in the parking lot) and continued through various stops such as the baggage room, medical examination room and the money exchange room.
The presentation was based on Scholastic's educational resource "Immigration: Stories of Yesterday and Today," and the students participated in the Ellis Island Virtual Field Trip Live Webcast on the company's website.