Building a Future of Inclusion: Help Bring AIISF to the Classroom
We’re close to launching our PORTS (Parks Online Resources for Teachers and Students) Immigration module with our CA State Parks partners. PORTS is a live, interactive distance learning program that enables children sitting miles away to engage with Angel Island park staff in a real-time, two-way videoconferencing program as they explore the Immigration Station, its history and the stories of the people detained there.
But, we need your support to launch this one-of-a-kind program.
Michael McKechnie, our Executive Director, recently sat in with twenty 4th graders in a Novato, CA classroom to participate in the PORTS program from Anza Borrego State Park.
"The kids loved it!” he reported. “They were totally engaged and focused on the presentation. The skilled State Parks interpreter at Anza-Borrego could see and interact with all the children, and they could see her as if she were there in person. We can greatly increase the knowledge of thousands of children annually about the Immigration Station, empower them to discuss their own immigration stories, and give them the language to talk about immigration today.”
Our PORTS module includes not only the live one-hour session, but also contains hours of pre- and post- exercises that explore not only the historical immigrant experience but the realities of immigration today—all in alignment with California’s Common Cores State Standards.
We are so close to being able to launch the program in 2014. Please give today so children throughout California can share in the Angel Island Immigration Station experience. We have already received grants of $5,000 from Yahoo! Inc., California State Parks, and the California State Parks Foundation, and your contribution will make this a reality.“With PORTS we are ensuring the next generation understands the history of the Immigration Station and the stories of the people who passed through its doors. It is up to AIISF and our supporters to ensure their stories are known,” said McKechnie.