Sewickley Academy middle-schoolers to witness citizenship in progress
Carla Garfield said she still gets goosebumps when she thinks about the time she attended a citizenship ceremony on the grounds of Thomas Jefferson's Monticello.
The Sewickley Academy middle school history teacher hopes her students will have a similar experience when they visit Pittsburgh's Immigration Services office on Friday to witness a Sewickley Academy teacher and a current academy family, along with 10 others, become United States citizens.
About 57 eighth-graders, as well as some academy faculty and administrators, will attend the ceremony.
“It's an event every American citizen should witness at least once in his or her life,” Garfield said.
Students will distribute American flags and lead the Pledge of Allegiance and the national anthem during Friday's ceremony, during which Sewickley Academy junior Maria Camila Arbelaez Solano; her sister Natalia, an eighth-grader; and their parents, Fernando Arbelaez and Maribel Solano, as well as middle school Spanish and French teacher Monica Lynn, will become American citizens.
The Arbelaez-Solano family moved to the United States from Columbia in 2007.
Lynn, who began teaching at the academy during the 2011-12 school year, was born in Spain and raised in France.
Garfield said being invited to witness the ceremony provided a perfect “teachable moment” for students who have just finished studying the Second Industrial Revolution and what attracted immigrants to the United States.
She said she thinks the students will treasure the experience, because they've recently done some of their own family research to learn about which generation immigrated and where they came from.
Garfield said she hopes the experience offers students an understanding of why people of other countries want to come to the United States.
“I hope they will observe the emotion and pride of the new citizens, which will help them to appreciate their own citizenship,” she said.
“I hope that they will understand how precious their citizenship is and cherish it all the more.”
Kristina Serafini is a photographer and staff writer for the Sewckley Herald. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Sewickley to replant trees; Wolcott Park gazebo heading to Quaker Heights
- Sewickley theater gets council’s green light
- Gilded Age estate opening to public for Sewickley Garden Tour
- Pileup sends 2 to hospital, shuts down highway
- Sewickley Memorial Day tribute nixed for safety reasons
- Quaker Valley musical snares Kelly nominations