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A Lesson in Compassion and Giving at Vista Elementary

A Lesson in Compassion and Giving at Vista Elementary
Yurii and Nadiia Sydorchuk and two of their children

What a special visit!

Students in Debbie Devine's fifth-grade class at Vista Elementary School spent time Friday talking with Yurii and Nadiia Sydorchuk and two of their kids. The Sydorchuks are making a new life in the Tri-Cities after fleeing the war in their home country of Ukraine.

The family shared with the Vista students about their journey to the U.S., what life was like for them in Ukraine, and their hopes for the future. The fifth-graders, who are part of the KOG at Vista Elementary program, peppered them with questions and presented them with gift cards and other donated items. 

The class has been studying immigration, and Devine got the idea to collect household goods, gift cards and other necessities for the Sydorchuks after reading their story in the Tri-City Herald. Yurii and Nadiia said they're grateful to the students and their families – and to everyone who's helped them resettle in the Tri-Cities.

That includes the nonprofit World Relief Tri-Cities, which will pass along any donated items that the Sydorchuks can't use to other families it works with in the area.

Speaking to the Vista students through a volunteer interpreter with World Relief, Yurii said he and his family are glad to be in the Tri-Cities.

"Nothing makes me happier than clear skies and peace," he said. "Be grateful for peace here."

Yurii and Nadiia Sydorchuk

 

A Vista student listens to a guest speaker during class

 

Debbie Devine

 

A Vista student listens to a guest speaker in class

 

A Vista student listens to a guest speaker

 

Mark Sydorchuk

 

Daniela Sydorchuk