Two Bridges Academy Fifth Grade Students Win The American Immigration Lawyers Association Essay Contest

Abby Schwartz, Jake Chinappi and Bridges Middle School Engiish Teacher, Jennifer Staehle
Abby Schwartz, Jake Chinappi and Bridges Middle School Engiish Teacher, Jennifer Staehle

The American Immigration Lawyers Association, (AILA), founded in 1946, is a voluntary legal organization of over 12,000 attorneys and law professors who practice and teach immigration law.  Each year the AILA sponsors a writing contest for grade five students.  Each state has a branch of the AILA and participates with its National Organization.


This year the topic for grade five students was “How Immigration Has Made America Great.”  It was open to grade five students throughout the entire nation and each state.  We are pleased to announce that two students from The Bridges Academy placed first and second in this statewide writing competition.


Abby Schwartz was awarded first place and Jake Chinappi took second place in their respective essays.  Each student with their family has been invited to the AILA meeting at New York Law School on June 2nd to read their essays.  Each student will be awarded a check for their accomplishment and Abby Schwartz’ essay will be sent to the national organization for contention of the national essay competition.






West Islip Resident April 25, 2014 at 10:19 PM
At least one school in West Islip is successful even if its not part of the West Islip school district.
oldfed April 27, 2014 at 01:31 PM
Sure hope that these kids are taught the difference between legal, front door immigration and the disgraceful, back door illegal infiltration...Comprehensive immigration reform is a Leftist term that really means amnesty for Third World peasants. We have up to 20 million Americans of all ethnic origins out of work. No more immigration until THEY get jobs. And while we're at it, there is, IMO NO Christian obligation to the import the rest of the world. Re-read the story of Jesus and the Roman coin. Immigration is a secular right of all sovereign nations, not a religious mandate.
West Islip Resident April 29, 2014 at 07:07 AM
I doubt it.


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