White Oak Elementary relives Ellis Island experience

Students from White Oak Elementary in Westlake Village participated in the annual Ellis Island experience.  After a simulated boat trip, students went through the process of entering the country the way of their ancestors at the turn of the 20th century. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

HISTORY LESSON - Haley Carlson has her passport checked at the registry while participating in White Oak Elementary School's Ellis Island simulation in Westlake Village on Fri., March 1. MC 132

HISTORY LESSON – Haley Carlson has her passport checked at the registry while participating in White Oak Elementary School’s Ellis Island simulation in Westlake Village on Fri., March 1. MC 132

INSPECTION - Connor Casazza, left, receives his passport back after being checked by Scott McCarthy, right, and Bill Briggs who are portraying police officers during White Oak Elementary School's Ellis Island simulation in Westlake Village on Fri., March 1. MC 133

INSPECTION – Connor Casazza, left, receives his passport back after being checked by Scott McCarthy, right, and Bill Briggs who are portraying police officers during White Oak Elementary School’s Ellis Island simulation in Westlake Village on Fri., March 1. MC 133

WAITING - Katie Healy, 8, waits while her passport is checked at the registry while participating in White Oak Elementary School's Ellis Island simulation in Westlake Village on Fri., March 1. MC 134

WAITING – Katie Healy, 8, waits while her passport is checked at the registry while participating in White Oak Elementary School’s Ellis Island simulation in Westlake Village on Fri., March 1. MC 134

SAY AHHHH - Ali Kamen, left, portrays a nurse as she inspects her daughter, Lily, 8, during White Oak Elementary School's Ellis Island simulation in Westlake Village on Fri., March 1.  MC 135

SAY AHHHH – Ali Kamen, left, portrays a nurse as she inspects her daughter, Lily, 8, during White Oak Elementary School’s Ellis Island simulation in Westlake Village on Fri., March 1. MC 135

ALL DRESSED UP - Students wait in line for train tickets while participating in White Oak Elementary School's Ellis Island simulation in Westlake Village on Fri., March 1.  MC 136

ALL DRESSED UP – Students wait in line for train tickets while participating in White Oak Elementary School’s Ellis Island simulation in Westlake Village on Fri., March 1. MC 136

LAST STEP TO CITIZENSHIP - Genevieve Buccieri recites the oath of citizenship while participating in White Oak Elementary School's Ellis Island simulation in Westlake Village on Fri., March 1. MC 137

LAST STEP TO CITIZENSHIP – Genevieve Buccieri recites the oath of citizenship while participating in White Oak Elementary School’s Ellis Island simulation in Westlake Village on Fri., March 1. MC 137

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