At This Hartford School, Welcoming Puerto Rican Evacuees Is Personal

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A sprightly “Good morning!” awaited students and parents who approached Sanchez Elementary School on the Friday before spring break.

Maybe the school staff was in an extra good mood? But Merelys Torres, secretary of Sanchez’s parent-teacher organization, said it’s like this every morning. She noticed it right away when her family came to Hartford from Puerto Rico last fall — a sensitive time for her two kids.

“They receive you at the door. They tell you, ‘Good morning!’” said Torres, mimicking the peppy greeting. “Somebody tells you ‘Good morning’ in English, somebody else tells you, ‘Buenos dias.’ My kids, they feel a little bit scared, but they hear buenos dias and they just say, ‘Mom, I’m going to be OK.’” Check out the full story

By Vanessa de la Torre, Connecticut Public Radio


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