Eighth grade students from Lisha Kill Middle School visited New York City on a class trip in May. They took a ferry to Ellis Island and Liberty Island. On Ellis Island they saw the Baggage Room, Registry Room, and the Stairs of Separation. They also visited the “Through America’s Gate” exhibit and learned more about the experiences of immigrants coming to the America in the 1900’s. After lunch at South Street Seaport, the students took the Big Onion walking tour through several ethnic neighborhoods in lower Manhattan, including Chinatown and Little Italy. On the tour, students got to sample some typical ethnic foods including fresh mozzarella cheese, Chinese green tea and red bean ice cream, halvah, pickles, and spicy tofu. The day before the trip, the eighth graders took part in Immigration Day. That day included a speaker from United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. Students also moved through different learning stations to learn more about the Statue of Liberty, the Pledge of Allegiance and immigrant life in the early 20th century.