ANGOLA - Recently, eighth-grade Team Pride students at Lake Shore Middle School came together to listen to speakers from Journey's End Refugee Service.
Mrs. Andy Cammarata, representing Journey's End, and four former refugees, came to Lake Shore Middle School to speak about their experiences as refugees in conjunction with eighth grade students reading the novel "Inside Out and Back Again" in their English class.
The novel details the journey of a 10-year-old and her family after the fall of Saigon in 1975 as refugees that end up in America.
Pictured from left to right: Fritz Helmut (Cameroon), George Kosovo (Congo), Mazin Balsini (Iraq), and Abdul Kareem (Jordan).
The four boys (pictured) were invited to tell their story of life as a refugee. Through their heart-wrenching stories, they made connections from their lives to the life of the character in the novel, and also left the eighth graders with a positive message - "Don't take anything in life for granted. Take advantage of all the opportunities America provides you."
Journey's End provides services to about 500 new refugees in the Buffalo area each year. Team Pride students will begin collecting goods in order to provide Journey's End with materials to assist refugees in beginning their new life in Buffalo.