ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Fulton Schools Superintendent Robert Avossa visited Manning Oaks Elementary Jan. 23 to talk to the fifth-graders about his personal experience as an immigrant from Italy in the 1970s.
He led an interactive discussion with the children by asking them to share with each other why they thought so many immigrants have come to America. Avossa told of his family’s experience during World War II and how that led to their decision to move to the United States many years later.
He explained how his family had to leave so many things behind and how difficult it was coming to America and not speaking the language. Then he told students how immigrants feel different and how hard it is to fit in or to find work.
His visit tied into the social studies curriculum, where the children are learning about how immigration continues to shape the United States.
“Anything is possible,” Avossa told the students. “If I can do it, you can do it!”