STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

 Middle school student, Bilan, takes a photo while at the PAIR after school program.

Middle school student, Bilan, takes a photo while at the PAIR after school program.

PAIR Student: Bilan

Bilan was born in Somalia and arrived in the United States in 2017 at the age of 13. As a first year PAIR student, Bilan is looking forward to attending high school next year. After high school, Bilan wants to attend college to become a teacher. When asked about her transition to America, Bilan said

"It was my very first time going to school, and I was so excited to be learning there and understanding."

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