Middle School students’ culminating immigration projects were built upon interviews with family members to learn as much as possible about their personal immigration and emigration stories: What were some countries of origin? What states have people lived in? How did the students come to be in the Seattle metropolitan area? Presentations also included illustrations relevant to the five waves of immigration to the United States, symbols that can represent reasons for people immigrating to America and family photos. A high point are the photographs students share of themselves— especially as toddlers and young children.

In the featured photo: a poster for an early journey by ship from Sweden to New York and a painting related to a place in the student’s paternal heritage.

Three students pause to discuss the photos a classmate in 8th grade has shared.