Refugee Panel Shares Stories of Survival
Posted 08/31/2016 02:51PM
On Wednesday, August 31, a panel of refugees spoke to Lovett 8th, 9th, and 10th graders as part of the students' Civics curriculum, pre-SING activities, and Modern Global Studies curriculum. The panel of speakers included Dr. Heval Kelli, an Emory cardiologist and Syrian refugee who came to Clarkston more than 10 years ago; Hasib Amir, a 20-year-old Afghanistan refugee who is a pre-medical student at Georgia Perimeter College; and Ifrah Jimale, a Somalian refugee who attended college on a journalism scholarship and is now a writer. The panel was moderated by Barbara Thompson, a writer and educator who helped found both the International Community School and Global Village Project (a school for girls who are children of war and refugees now living in Clarkston, Georgia). The panel was organized by Director of Civic Engagement Angela Morris-Long and Civic Engagement Assistant Martha Osborne.

Ninth grade students will participate in Service Initiation for Ninth Grade (SING) in mid-September, where they will spend two days serving in organizations throughout metro Atlanta. SING seeks to foster in our students a sense of community and a sense of connection to the larger city of which Lovett is a part. This year's work will include serving many organizations who work with refugees through resettlement, mentoring, or assistance programs, including International Rescue Committee, International Community School, and Mommy and Me Family Literacy Program. 
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