1st Grade American Citizens

January party decorations aren’t typically red, white and blue but this was no regular class party. Selene and Elisea Vella, born in Sicily, Italy had become American citizens and first grade Bursley Elementary teacher, Amy Hage didn’t let the opportunity pass for this unique celebration.

The girls moved to the United States as infants with their parents. They joined other family in the midwest, have settled here nicely and since, become big sisters as well. 

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As the girls are underage, they had already assumed American citizenship. However, after 6 long years of waiting, the girls were very excited and a little nervous to travel to their appointment in Detroit to receive their card of proof. The day after their appointment, Selene and Elisea celebrated with their classmates with plenty of red, white and blue goodies. Students had fun learning a little about their country and acknowledging this exciting milestone. 

Selene and Elisea’s parents feel they have found a gem of a community in the Grandville/Jenison area to raise their family and they love Bursley Elementary School. I am thankful that Amy Hage and the Bursley team has been a shining example of the helpful, kind and committed professionals we have at Jenison Public Schools. 

Although Selene and Elisea do not remember their home country, they are very excited to go visit family members and explore their city this coming summer. I’m sure they will have amazing stories to report when they get back to school in the fall. I look forward to having them be a part of our community for the coming years!

 Congratulations Vella Family!

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