Springfield College students spend spring break with elementary refugee students

Hampden County

Springfield College students have introduced a positive dimension to spring break.

What’s becoming known as alternative spring break, 10 Springfield College students spent Wednesday morning interacting with Boland Elementary School students who recently arrived in this country.

Students from Syria, Iraq and the Dominican Republic, just chatting, getting to know each other with both benefiting from their easy rapport.

Mia Bissonette, a Springfield College Education Major, told 22News, “It’s really fun to work with kids, hear what they have to say, they have a lot more than we give them credit for. They have a lot of thoughts and ideas.”

One hundred and fifty of the Boland School’s 800 students are recent arrivals to Springfield as part of refugee families.

Principal Lisa Bakowski is so grateful to these alternative spring break students from Springfield College. They help make her students born on foreign soil feel more welcome.

“It’s a wonderful program. What a great opportunity for our students to tell their stories to college students and in return, they get so much out of it,” said Principal Bakowski.

This is the fourth year of the Springfield College alternative spring break program. The goal is to impact as many lives as possible in Springfield neighborhoods in a positive way.

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