9/4/06 * Daily Progress [full story]
Two high school students from Mexico and one from Puerto Rico stood up, placed their right hands over their hearts and, while gazing at the 50 white stars and 13 red and white stripes, joined in on the Pledge of Allegiance.
“That’s pretty powerful,” said Courtney Stewart, glancing over her left shoulder at the teenagers.
The Newcomer Center, located in the Charlottesville-Albemarle Technical Education Center on Rio Road, is open for Albemarle County students whose education has been interrupted and who need an accelerated program to catch up with their peers. Harrisonburg and Falls Church have similar centers.
The four students who attend the center spend the morning at CATEC and are bused to division high schools in the afternoon, where they take elective classes such as art, mathematics and physical education.