Immigrant students visit downtown Louisville to acclimatize to their new home

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) – Groups of immigrant students in Louisville toured the city Thursday to acclimatize to their new home.

Newcomer Academy students, many from countries torn by war or conflict, were able to tour parts of downtown Louisville. Each group traveled to different locations like Fourth Street live, 21c Hotel, Cathedral of the Assumption, Galt House and Belle of Louisville.

Some of the students have been in Louisville for over a year but haven’t left their homes much outside of school due to the global pandemic. A student said Thursday was all about making memories with her classmates.

“Newcomer Academy is a family and we’re all here, and school’s almost over,” Ndyie said, “and maybe I’ll never see[myclassmatesagainsowe’regoingtogetherandhangingoutandtakingpictures”again[mescamaradesdeclassealorsnousallonsensembleettraînonsetprenonsdesphotos”[myclassmatesagainsowe’regoingtogetherandhangingoutandtakingpictures”

Trip organizers said most of the places they want to visit are happy to make those memories come true.

“Each of the groups has different routes,” said Scott Wade of Newcomer Academy. “We just called ahead and said, ‘Do you want to host our students?’ Everyone just wants to say “Hello” and “Welcome to America”.

A total of 100 students were able to experience the journey.

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