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Mary Ann Laidlaw
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Iím a retired English as a Second Language, or English as a New Language, elementary school teacher, so I am very aware about the situation with refugees. As Iím driving down Park Street on the north side of Syracuse, I see people with colorful clothing like I remember from teachingóit looks very beautiful, like a medley, but underneath it all, itís very difficult for them. They have to learn English. Within three months they must find a job, because they are no longer funded. Most have come from war-torn countries hoping for a better life here, but they also face many challenges here. Despite the hardship, they adjust and they learn, and theyíre truly the most wonderful and productive people. Thatís my inspiration.

Driving down Park Street
Refugees resettling
Cultural medley

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