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Middle school students tweet to Trump about immigration for class project

As part of a class project, middle school students at Bruce Randolph School in Denver, Colo., tweeted messages in support of immigrants to President Donald Trump. (Getty Images/Andrew Harrer)

A group of Denver middle school students — who are the sons and daughters of immigrants — are learning about President Donald Trump and his immigration policies at school.

As part of a class project, the students learned how to communicate with Trump about immigration on his favored platform — Twitter.

According to Chalkbeat, a nonprofit news organization that covers education, sixth and seventh graders at Bruce Randolph School in northeast Denver have been learning about immigrants in the U.S., President Donald Trump's election and how to use Twitter.

The project first started, according to Chalkbeat, when administrators at Bruce Randolph planned to attend a conference in Washington, D.C.,  this month and meet with members of Colorado's congressional delegation. Teachers were then challenged to come up with classroom projects for the administrators to take with them to the nation's capitol.

Teacher Mandy Rees told Chalkbeat that she thought the best way to communicate with Trump would be through his preferred medium — Twitter.

Students spent Monday and Tuesday constructing draft messages about immigration. Then on Wednesday, the newly created Twitter account for the classroom, @BRSELD, began to tweet the messages in support of immigrants.

Rees told Chalkbeat that the point of the project was to remind students that, "You're important, your voice matters and it doesn't feel like that right now." However, she said the assignment also helped the students — the majority of whom are English language learners — with reading and writing.

Rees also said students were told to keep the tweets positive.

According to Chalkbeat, some of the sixth- and seventh-grade students are reading English at just the second- or first-grade level. Many of Rees' students' parents or relatives are also undocumented.

Student Sebastian Soto told Chalkbeat that Trump's comments on immigration leaves him angry.

"My dad, he builds houses. My mom, she cleans and cares for us," he said.

(H/T: Chalkbeat)



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