Holyoke students learn about immigrant heritage

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HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – As special guests of the Immigrant Heritage Month program, dozens of 3rd graders from the E.N. White Elementary School looked on as a craftsman born in central Europe and a student from Colombia received certificates saluting their contributions to Holyoke.

“I’m part of a Colombia united group that’s going to help the Colombians,” Laura Restrepo explained. “We’re trying to grow and just make a community”

Vitek Kruta, who was born in the former republic of Czechoslovakia added that “There’s a lot of knowledge and a lot of experience that comes from other places that can be applied to make this country ultimately much richer.”

When E.N. White teacher Susan Desjardins heard about the immigration heritage program planned for Wistariahurst Museum on Thursday, she was certain her students could benefit from it. “A lot of them are immigrants themselves,” she told 22News. “A lot of them have family that still live in Puerto Rico. and so immigration for them is very important.”

Thursday’s observance in Holyoke was just one of many across the country celebrating the contributions of men and women who to come to America.

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