I went to RISSE, the refugee and immigrant center in Albany, with Jon this afternoon.
I haven’t been there in a while and couldn’t believe how different the class rooms were. The last time I was there, there were just long tables and with chairs around them and bare walls. The kids sat quietly doing homework or drawing.
Today I walked into a whole new environment.
Posters, world maps, white boards and painting, done by the kids, hung on the walls. I followed the sound of drums to a music room where three kids were making music. Three girls were sitting on the new chairs in the library stringing beads and there was another room were older students were painting.
I met one teacher, Ms. Emma, an intern from Boston. She had a lot to do with creating the Amazon Wish List where all the supplies, rugs, chairs and lamps came from.
I know so many of you reading this are part of the Army of Good who helped buy many of these things. I hope you can see how much it means to the kids at RISSE when you see the looks on the faces of the kids playing the drums in the video.
(There’s only a few thing left on the RISSE Wish List, but they’re constantly updating it with more things they need for the kids and their families. You can see it here. )