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Generation ROC: East Irondequoit students connect with pen pals from Ukraine

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IRONDEQUOIT, N.Y. (WROC) — For this week’s Generation ROC highlight, we dive into cyberspace with East Irondequoit students as they make connections with peers nearly five thousand miles away. Every one of the eighth grade AVID students at East Irondequoit Middle School volunteered for the opportunity to learn more about the culture in Ukraine from their virtual pen pals and also to help their overseas counterparts practice their English.

“It felt like we were friends forever,” says Salah Musa, after talking with his pen pal, Dmytro Sichkov.

“I’m so glad that I was given the opportunity to learn and, like, learn about them and, like, teach them about how America is here too,” says another East Iron student, Yaleni Retamar.

The students were given “getting to know you” sheets where they could write down everything from their family members and pets to what sports and hobbies they enjoyed. Both the local students and those videoing in from Dnipro, Ukraine say they were surprised and pleased both by what made their lives different and also everything they had in common.

“We both really liked music, we both really liked reading books when we were younger, and we just like spending time outdoors with our friends,” reflects Nicole Vicente.

“We found out that we have a lot of same interests, even from languages and up to even sports,” says Dmytro when asked about talking with Salah.

“We have very different music tastes, but I’m just, like, looking forward to listening to his kind of music and to see, like, his perspective,” adds Salah.

Briannyn Reyes is the school’s library media specialist and helps coordinate the virtual pen pal meetings between the students in East Irondequoit and those in Dnipro. She says she’s especially impressed by the passion and resilience of the Ukrainian students.

“I know that they’ve been affected a lot by the war. They’ve just been so kind and so willing, because this is not during their school time, it is after school. They have just been so passionate about this project,” says Reyes.

Our outstanding local students getting some props as well since every one has volunteered for the program knowing that its additional goal is having these students help the Ukrainian students practice their English.

“I have the opportunity to teach somebody American English, and I think that’s really cool—to be able to talk to somebody—not everybody, you know, gets that opportunity,” says Yaleni.

​ IRONDEQUOIT, N.Y. (WROC) — For this week’s Generation ROC highlight, we dive into cyberspace with East Irondequoit students as they make connections with peers nearly five thousand miles away. Every one of the eighth grade AVID students at East Irondequoit Middle School volunteered for the opportunity to learn more about the culture in Ukraine from their virtual pen pals and also to help their overseas counterparts practice their English.

“It felt like we were friends forever,” says Salah Musa, after talking with his pen pal, Dmytro Sichkov.

“I’m so glad that I was given the opportunity to learn and, like, learn about them and, like, teach them about how America is here too,” says another East Iron student, Yaleni Retamar.

The students were given “getting to know you” sheets where they could write down everything from their family members and pets to what sports and hobbies they enjoyed. Both the local students and those videoing in from Dnipro, Ukraine say they were surprised and pleased both by what made their lives different and also everything they had in common.

“We both really liked music, we both really liked reading books when we were younger, and we just like spending time outdoors with our friends,” reflects Nicole Vicente.

“We found out that we have a lot of same interests, even from languages and up to even sports,” says Dmytro when asked about talking with Salah.

“We have very different music tastes, but I’m just, like, looking forward to listening to his kind of music and to see, like, his perspective,” adds Salah.

Briannyn Reyes is the school’s library media specialist and helps coordinate the virtual pen pal meetings between the students in East Irondequoit and those in Dnipro. She says she’s especially impressed by the passion and resilience of the Ukrainian students.

“I know that they’ve been affected a lot by the war. They’ve just been so kind and so willing, because this is not during their school time, it is after school. They have just been so passionate about this project,” says Reyes.

Our outstanding local students getting some props as well since every one has volunteered for the program knowing that its additional goal is having these students help the Ukrainian students practice their English.

“I have the opportunity to teach somebody American English, and I think that’s really cool—to be able to talk to somebody—not everybody, you know, gets that opportunity,” says Yaleni. Read More Generation ROCRochesterFirst  

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