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March 8, 2014

Haitian students enrolling at Washington schools

Mcduffy Agledor loves his new school. He has adjusted well from his school in Miami. He has friends, walks the hall and has even joined a club.

What makes this amazing is that Agledor is originally from Haiti and has only been speaking English for a little over two years. He is one of several new students at Washington High School that are not that far removed from their homeland. They are the children of Washington’s newest residents, eager to start a new life. There are seven students in Washington schools that came directly from Haiti in this year alone. Agledor, 17, is a junior and one of the first.

“This school is much bigger,” Agledor said when asked if he liked his new school.

The story of Agledor and his family is a lot like many of the residents that have come in the past year to work at the Perdue processing plant. Agledor, along with his mother and stepfather, lived in Florida and earlier this year, they heard of jobs at Perdue. They moved to Washington and soon after, Agledor enrolled at WHS and was soon put in the school’s English Language Learners program. He learned English from mostly watching American TV. Agledor is almost fluent in English from only a little over two years of watching TV.

“I think Mcduffy is pretty independent,” WHS ELL teacher Paula Counsil said. “The first day I met him, he said his English was pretty good and didn’t need much help. I was amazed after I found out he had been (in the U.S.) for a little over two years. He’s proven he was right.”

The biggest trouble Agledor is having at WHS is not in the classroom.

“You want me to tell you what the hardest thing for him is? Doing the combination lock,” WHS ELL assistant Leonard Counsil laughed.

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