She wore a tank-top and her hair was tied in a scrunchie. She refused to give her last name. She explained that it was particularly difficult in Mexico where they grabbed and sent her back. Alesmar eventually made it to New York. She said, 'It is a new environment for them because of the language but they are doing well.' Alesmar’s children are just a few of the dozens new students who have joined this elementary school, which has welcomed diverse student bodies for many years, including children from Ukraine, China, and Tibet. Since the spring of 2022, more than 120,000 migrants arrived in New York. Many are in temporary housing, often hotels that serve as shelters. Others are seeking asylum. P.S. P.S. He claims that they are ready for the influx. Gilligan, a member of the school staff, said that this year's students felt more confident. This year, the school added approximately 75 students to its normal enrollment.
It receives federal funding as a Title 1 School that serves a large percentage of low-income children. This helps students to meet the academic standards set by their state. The school also gives backpacks to those who need them, and helps parents locate English classes. Gilligan stated that the school has always been a magnet for new English speakers and is staffed with other support staff such as social workers, psychologists, and physical therapists. The school has also received an increase in funding based on how many students are living in temporary housing. P.S. Jen Singer, a teacher of ENL at the school who has been there for over two decades, said that 'almost universally', students arrive without any English. ENL classes are interactive. Singer reads aloud and teaches new vocabulary to children. Diana Amezquita from Bogota in Colombia arrived about four months before Alesmar from Venezuela. She was watching her kids on monkey bars in a playground located on Manhattan's West Side on a recent Sunday afternoon. It's complicated because we are often discriminated against at work due to our language. She said that our English was not very advanced. She has big plans for her and her children. Amezquita wants to work in human resources one day, as she did at home. However, working at a restaurant and taking care of her children has made it difficult for her to attend English classes. Amezquita: "I've always been a big thinker." "I feel proud to be with them."