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Students Create Welcome Videos for New Haitian Classmates



by Trina Sargalski and Sammy Mack

A screen shot of a video created by Boyd Anderson High School students./ Courtesy Broward County Public Schools

It’s hard being new to a school and new to a country at the same time.  It’s even harder if you’ve experienced a trauma such as the earthquake in Haiti.

Students at Boyd Anderson High School in Lauderdale Lakes created videos to welcome new classmates who arrived after the earthquake.  The videos can also help new Haitian parents.  In Kreyol, the students explain things such as how fire drills work, the school dress code, and the school bullying policy. Click here to view the videos.

The students also created videos (in English) offering advice to teachers on how to be more sensitive and welcoming to new students.

Jenna Moniz is an ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) instructional facilitator for Broward County Schools.  She helped the students create the videos and the website.  Click on the player above to listen to Moniz talk about why they created the videos.

This is a web extra for “Teens Buddy up with Quake Survivors,” which aired on the radio.  Click here to listen to that piece.

For more from our Haiti episode, click here.

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