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Eighth-grade Immigration Day 2020

The annual Eighth-grade Immigration Day is one of the most thought-provoking and anticipated of all Clark Switzer's Living History Days. In this activity, each eighth-grade student portrays an immigrant from the late 1800s and early 1900s, and dress in attire similar to that era. International students from the Upper School come to Lower School to portray "immigration officials" at Ellis Island, and they speak in their native languages as they interrogate the eighth-grade "immigrants" to see if they will be admitted into the United States. The event begins with a special lunch in the Atwood Foyer.