Fulton Schools Superintendent Shares Immigration Story in Alpharetta

Robert Avossa visited Manning Oaks fifth grade students to give them a personal lesson about coming to America from Italy.

Dr. Robert Avossa, superintendent of Fulton County Schools, visited Manning Oaks Elementary to talk to the 5th graders about his personal experience as an immigrant from Italy in the 1970s.

He led an interactive discussion with the children on Jan. 23 by asking them to share with each other why they thought so many immigrants have come to America.  Dr. Avossa shared his family’s experience during World War II and how that led to their decision to move to the United States many years later.

He shared how his family had to leave so many things behind and how difficult it was coming to America and not speaking the language. He also shared about how he felt different, how hard it was to fit in, and how hard he had to work. 

Dr. Avossa took questions from the students and then encouraged them to work hard by setting goals, taking time to celebrate their victories, and setting new goals.

His visit tied into the Social Studies curriculum, where the children are learning about how immigration continues to shape America. He left the children with the following words of encouragement:  “Anything is Possible!” and “If I can do it, you can do it!”

The children, as well as the teachers present, were all captivated by his open and inspiring message.


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