The International Community School (a DeKalb School System charter school) is soon to be the subject of a feature-length documentary, A Place in the World, directed by Adam Maurer and William Reddington.
Host to immigrants and refugees from many war-torn countries and other challenging places around the world, the City of Clarkston, in DeKalb county, is one of the most diverse communities in our nation. The International Community School, a DeKalb charter school that brings together refugee children from war-torn countries all over the world and teaches them alongside local American children had functioned for over a decade in a series of disconnected church buildings. Our school board finally gave approval for this wonderful school full of teachers and staff devoted to the cause of resettling and teaching students from all corners of the world to use the shuttered Medlock Elementary School as home.
Of course, our school system also hosts a separate public school designed to help international students matriculate into regular schools. It’s a stopover of sorts, called the International Student Center. Much good work is done here as well.
This Clarkston community has also spawned the famous “Fugees” – the soccer team made entirely of immigrant students from far away, sometimes unhappy places. Most of the students have refugee status, thus the name of the team. A story about the Fugees aired on CBS Sunday morning last year. We ran a blogpost on the story back then called, Because DCSS doesn’t, the Fugees will. Their wonderful coach, Luma Mufleh is building a new school for them, and already has an academic day camp.
The rest of the country has their eye on these communities. You should too. Our status as host to so many international students brings attention to DeKalb. These international students and their independent educational systems need your support in the worst way. Please consider how you can volunteer, donate or support their efforts and show the world what generous folk we are!
Below are a few suggested weblinks designed to help you help them: