This past week, Roosevelt was graced with the presence of guests from across the globe. As part of the Hands for a Bridge curriculum, South African students visit Roosevelt annually. With the assistance of Roosevelt’s HFB students, they get to experience America (the best part of it, no less) firsthand. 

From right to left: Lengz, Sizla, and Yolanda in front of Seattle's iconic Space Needle
From right to left: Lengz, Sizla, and Yolanda in front of Seattle’s iconic Space Needle

“I joined Hands for a Bridge because it is a program where you find that there is no difference between black and white. It was a way of me getting to express the way that I feel and get to know my talents…Seattle is great. And I had the most delicious burger that I’ve ever had from Dick’s. It’s awesome; this is one of the most outstanding places I know. I went to the gum wall downtown, it was pretty awesome. ”


HFB Students from South Africa and Roosevelt at their retreat on Vashon island. Photo by Aidan Walter

“I joined Hands for a Bridge because at my school I would see that it was like a family, and people being actually welcomed there. And then when I actually joined, it was like everyone was your sibling and the teachers were like your parents. ”


Here’s the famous “Funky Chicken” Dance as led by South Africa’s Mr. Moss. Video complements of Roosevelt teacher Richard Katz

Featured Image: The South Africans and Roosevelt students acted like chickens for an exercise in teacher Tom Nolet’s language arts class. Photo by Nathan Smith


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