S: Journey to Ellis Island
FC: Journey to Ellis Island | By:Caroline Cramer
1: Property of: Felisha Lisitski
2: My name is Felicia Litzitski, and I am 12 years old. Tomorrow the ship is coming, and I am packing up my things. I can only bring one bag to America All I have is some clothes, some family photographs, and a silver necklace my father gave to me. I am leaving Poland because my family is in poverty. We do not have much food, we have poor living conditions, and my mothers job is to hard, and she hopes to find more opportunity in America.I am leaving my Father and my two brothers. I feel very sad getting ready to leave my home country Poland. | Felisha Liztiski
3: Mom | Edward | Dad | Adam
4: It is the morning of boarding. A giant boat has arrived at the dock near my town. The whole town has gathered near the boat to wish all of us a safe trip to America. It is very hard to say good bye. My mother Emilia is taking me with her so I am not completely alone. My brothers Edward and Adam, and my father Simon might join us in a few years. I hugged them for the last time a I stepped on the ship. I captured the town in my mind and hoped to see it again sometime in my life. | My ticket | My Dad and I
5: My mother and I boarding the boat
6: I have been on the boat for about 2 days now. It could take weeks or maybe a month to reach America. The boat ride is miserable! The room is very crowded with 30 people in unstable bunk beds. It is very noisy and there is not much food for all the people on the boat. It is to crowded and the rocking of the boat is making me nauseous. I have to go on the deck just to get fresh air! I think I might be catching a cold. Every time I complain my mother reminds me about going to America, and I feel a bit better.
7: Everyone on the boat | The Boat
8: After weeks of cramped old rooms and bad food, we finally arrived at America. I could see the Statue Of Liberty in the fog, and I outline of the city skyline. I hugged my mother, we had finally made it to America! Everyone on the boat was filled with excitement and joy. Everyone was screaming and laughing! The boat ride was definitely worth this beautiful sight. I still didn't know what to expect in this new city.
9: The beautiful Statue Of Liberty!
10: When I got to Ellis Island, we put our baggage down, and went to the medical exams. We had to climb up "The Great Staircase" with our baggage. If anyone had trouble walking the doctors would get suspicious that they were sick. Luckily, I had no trouble with that. Then we went through a six second medical exam just to make sure there was nothing seriously wrong with us. Then we had to answer 29 questions about money, jobs, and living arrangements. We had to pass an intelligence test. It was difficult, because my town is poor and we are not very educated. Luckily I passed and so did my mom! | I thought everything was running smoothly until the last medical exam. I started coughing, and the doctors knew I had a cold. I was devastated! I asked them what my mother was going to do if I couldn't go. They said she had to go on without me. What if I was stuck in Ellis Island for weeks!
11: The Baggage room | Inside Ellis Island | When I was sick
12: I have been on Ellis Island for about 4 days, and finally I feel better. I couldn't stop thinking about meeting my mom, and starting our new life in America. I wrote my Dad and brother letters back at home, because I missed them too. There wasn't much to do besides writing. I met another Polish girl named Kamila. She lived in a different part of Poland, so I had never met her before. But at least she could speak my language! I had a feeling we would be good friends even when we left Ellis Island. The doctors told me my mom would come by soon to pick me up. I was so exited!
13: Kamila and I | My room
14: My mom walked into the room, and I jumped up and hugged her as tightly as I could. I was so happy to see her. She told me she had already exchanged our polish money for American dollars, so we could start our new life here. I felt bad about leaving Kamila, so I wished her good luck. She told me that she was feeling better and her parents would pick her up tomorrow. We made sure to keep in touch and then I left. I stepped outside, and it already felt like a new home. I was ready to begin my journey in America! | The American Flag
15: My first American dollar! | My passport