The Shenandoah Valley has been a cultural crossroads for thousands of years. The biodiverse climate has supported a multitude of people groups from hunter-gatherers in the Archaic age to Native American tribes who resided in the area until the early
1/4 of the world’s countries and 54 languages are represented in the Harrisonburg school system. The students see the diversity, largely due to refugees, asylees, and migrants, as huge asset to their school. Meet just a few of the people
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Anisa is 16 years old and she goes to Harrisonburg high School. She is from Sudan, she came to the U.S. when she was 12. She reflects on leaving Sudan because of a war. She likes life in America because
Asmite goes to Harrisonburg High school. Smite plans on going to a 4 year college to get a degree in counseling. She discovered she wanted to be a counselor by helping friends with problems in their lives. Posted by permission
Aween is a Harrisonburg High School student from Iraq. “What surprised you about living in the United States?” “There are many different cultures all gathered around in one place. It feels like you’re living everywhere, in one place.” Posted by
Gerald is from Zambia. Gerald shares that in Zambia it’s important to greet someone older than you and treat them with total respect. Posted by permission from VPM’s Resettled Podcast.
Hakar is a Harrisonburg High School student from Iraq. School was hard at first for Hakar because he didn’t know English but he pushed himself to learn English and is graduating high school. Posted by permission from VPM’s Resettled Podcast.
Yosiaa is a Harrisonburg High school student from Uganda. The first day of school was hard because he didn’t know English but now it’s better. Yosiaa wants to become a doctor so he can help his family. Posted by permission
Not a lot of teens are excited about being the “different” kid that stands out in high school. As a Muslim teen from Iraq, Fatimah is learning to navigate that typical experience: striking the balance between fitting in and being