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March 8, 2014

Haitian students enrolling at Washington schools

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“Oui,” both Stanley and Pierre Fils said.

Paula, who was tasked to start the program for Washington schools, said it has really helped to have Agledor here to help with the Phillipe brothers.

“I told them to come to my house every Saturday so I can help them,” Agledor said.

The Washington ELL program began many years ago when Hispanic families moved here to work at Perdue. In the past few years, other nationalities have come to Washington for steady work and a better life than their homelands, like Burma and now Haiti. Last year, WHS graduated its first Burmese student and there are several who came as refugees from the country known as Myanmar. At the elementary level, Griffith elementary has three Haitian students, one includes Phillipe’s brother Jeff.

And there are more coming, according to the Counsils. Washington administrators have started discussions on how better to serve the new Haitian student population. But Washington has become home, even with the unseasonably cold weather.

“I feel better now because I first came, I didn’t know if I would like it,” Agledor said.

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