the study of refugees into your curriculum is a great way for students
to learn about other peoples and cultures. Listed below are websites
with resources for teachers as well as service ideas in which a class
or student group can participate. Other curriculum guides related to
immigration and refugees are available at our office. We can arrange
for a class visit from a former refugee which can "bring to life"
students' studies of other countries.
Please contact us if you have ideas, questions or comments.
Ferdinand Lossou, Catholic Social Service, MRS Director 140 W.
Speedway, Suite 130 Tucson, Arizona 85705 (520) 623-0344 ext. 1012,
website for a PBS documentary about immigration to the United States
called The New Americans has extensive educational resources.
SERVICE IDEAS FOR SCHOOLS
are suggested ideas for class involvement with refugee resettlement.
The possibilities are endless and MRS staff welcome your ideas. Schools
that are affiliated with a church could participate as part of a larger
church project of assisting a family. Visit the Volunteer page and the Giving page for more information and ideas.
a school supplies packet for similarly aged children in a refugee
family. Each child in the class could bring a different item. Suggested
items include but are not limited to:
• Crayons or colored pencils
• Pencil box
• Backpack (to hold the materials)
• Pencil sharpener
could become involved in advocacy, writing letters to their congressman
etc. Migration and Refugee Services sometimes has a need for letter
writing in regards to refugee and immigration issues. Teachers are
welcome to contact the MRS office for a list of issues and/or form
Students or a student group looking for an after school activity could begin an after school tutoring program
with refugee children or take responsibility for preparing an apartment
before the family arrives. Getting an apartment ready involves seeking
appropriate donations, and moving the furniture and other household
items into the apartment.
Prepare a Toiletry Packet for a Refugee Family:
• Bar Soap
• Bottle of Shampoo
• Toothbrushes (We already have Toothpaste)
• Razors and Shaving Cream
Prepare a Household Paper Supply Packet for a Refugee Family:
• Toilet Paper
• Paper Towels
• Baby Diapers
Prepare a Household Cleaning Supply Packet for a Refugee Family:
Prepare a Household First Aid Kit for a Refugee Family:
• Bottle of Bleach
• Laundry Detergent
• Dishwashing Soap
• Bottle of rubbing alcohol
• Cotton Balls, etc