TUSD commemorates World Refugee day with celebrations | Events
The community is invited to join Tucson Unified School District and RISPNet (Refugee Integrated Service Provider Network of Tucson) in celebrating World Refugee Day.
WHEN: June 18 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
WHERE: Auditorium at Tucson High Magnet School (400 N. 2nd Ave.)
The event will highlight refugee youth in TUSD and will re-launch RISPNet, a community coalition of refugee support services. Scheduled to speak will be current TUSD Superintendent Dr. John Pedicone, and Executive Director of Student Equity and Intervention, Jim Fish. Also participating will be Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, Bishop Gerald Kicanas, AZ State Refugee Coordinator Charles Shipman and members of various refugee organizations.
Students will read their poetry/stories and perform cultural dances. In addition to 15 children, becoming naturalized citizens in a USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) Youth Citizenship Ceremony.
TUSD has more than 800 refugee students in its 33 elementary schools, 18 middle and K-8 schools, and 11 high schools. Refugee students represent 52 countries and speak 38 different languages. The five most common languages spoken at the homes of these refugee students are Nepalese, Arabic, Somali, Kirundi, and Swahili.
To learn more about RISPNet, please visit www.rispnet.com.