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Arrival in america

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By Elizabeth Troutman

Audrey Riggs waited in a cluster of about 15 wiry fifth-graders waiting to leave the dock of Ellis Island – or front hallway of Buckner Elementary School. While teachers announced orders and glanced at the sheets of paper in each child’s hand, some students couldn’t keep a straight face. But Audrey, who wore a red hanky on her head and a wool skirt several sizes too big, caressed a doll with with pursed lips and troubled eyes. In her imagination, she’d stepped onto American soil for the first time after two weeks at sea.


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