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More than 40 refugee children, who have resettled in Erie with their families, attend the institute’s summer program on weekdays, while at the same time many of their parents and relatives are taking English as a Second Language, financial literacy, employment and life skills classes elsewhere in the building.
“We help these children get ready for school. The more engaged we can be with them throughout the summer, the more it helps reduce the learning curve once they’re back in school,” said Dylanna Jackson, the institute’s executive director. “It’s extremely important that kids living in low-income homes get these opportunities to learn when school is out for the summer.”
Feature Image Caption and Credit: Blessin Sannhtay, 11, from Burma, poses for a portrait Aug. 11 at the International Institute in Erie. Sannhtay painted the drawing behind him. ASHLEY COOPER/GoErie.Com.