Refugees--Resettling and Reading
Abby J. Burke, Ed. D--MRC President
A recent article in the Omaha World-Herald boasted that Nebraska is a welcoming state as it led the nation in resettling the most refugees per capita in the last year. After completing the application process that took approximately two years, Omaha welcomed an Afghani family of six this past October. The Metropolitan Reading Council played a role in embracing and supporting some the newest members of this community. Our new community members have four school-aged children. MRC’s goal was to ensure that they had a bookshelf full of books to read in their home. Over 75 books were collected. I was honored to be able to deliver the books. What fun it was to spread out all of the books and spend an afternoon reading and learning with our new friends. MRC would love to hear how you welcome refugee families as they resettle in their new community. Email MRC at metroreadingcouncil@gmail or post on MRC’s facebook page.