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S: Ellis Island

BC: ELLIS ISLAND

FC: My Trip to Ellis Island | BY: SARAH JANG | Belongs to :Madalyn

1: AMERICA | POLAND

2: My older brother on the left, my younger sister in the middle, and me on the right | It all started on May 3, 1906.

3: I was just about 6 when I had to leave everything behind and leave Poland. I had to leave Poland with my mom, dad, my younger sister and my older brother to America. We asked our parents why we had to go to America. My mom and my dad said that it will be good for us and the rest of the family. Also, our uncle and our aunt was there living in America. So, they offered us the tickets and money for the trip. I really didn't want to go. We all tried everything to stop our parents. Next thing you know our family is on the ship to Ellis Island.

4: The things I brought with me | The dress I was wearing, and few other clothes | A picture of my sister, brother, and me | Three dolls my brother, sister, and I had | The boots I wore to Ellis Island

5: There were thousands of passengers on that ship. On the ship, I had nothing to do, and I just hated the ship. All I did on the ship was just sit there on the deck and talk to my family. Also, I didn't like how we only get to bring one baggage there. I had to leave everything behind. All I brought was my clothes and that was it. I guess because there were so many people on that ship. Crossing the Atlantic Ocean and being on a ship for few weeks, it wasn't the best thing to do. Also, especially not when there was a rainstorm. It was really cold. I was glad that nobody got sick from that storm and the coldness. | The people on the ship to Ellis Island | May 6, 1904

6: The Baggage Room | The Great Hall with Steps | The Medical Exam | The Legal Inspection | The Money Exchange | The Great Hall | Ellis Island

7: The Ellis Island | We finally arrived at Ellis Island in 2 weeks and 3 days. There were many things we had to do when we are going through the Ellis Island. You have to go through The Baggage Room, The Great Hall with Steps, The Medical Exam, The Great Hall, The Legal Inspection, and Money Exchange. We passed through the Great Hall with Steps. Now, for the Medical Exam. We had some checkups to do. We were so worried about the exams, we thought what if one of us didn't make it? We had many thoughts about it. When we were in the Medical Exam, they were checking if we have any kind of illness of something like that. My mom, dad, my sister and my brother passed. Now it was my turn. | May 12, 1904

9: That is when I found out that I had this kind of illness. My parents didn't tell me exactly what kind of illness it was but, I couldn't go with the rest of my family. I begged them to let me go with my family, but I had to stay on Ellis Island until I got better. However, the doctors said I'll get better if I took some medications and rest for few days, I will be fine. They said my illness wasn't that bad to go back to Poland. I guess my illness wasn't that bad. I was just 6 and I was alone in a strange place. It has been a week since I was on Ellis Island all alone. | May 13, 1904

10: Where I are some new American foods.

11: It wasn't that bad. They gave me food, place to sleep, and other things. I met some new friends too. The food they gave us was unusual, I never saw it before, but when I tried it, it wasn't that bad. However, I just couldn't wait until I get to meet my family again. The doctors said I could leave tomorrow. I was so excited. I got all ready and went to sleep. | The place I slept with my new friends | May 16, 1904

12: I had to go through the tests and the exams again. When I passed the Ellis Island, waiting at the Kissing Post, I felt the excitement rushing through me. I saw many people greeting each other. I couldn't see my family. | However, there they were. I ran to them and jumped into their arms. I missed them so much, I was so glad I could see them again. Later, I told my whole family about what I did and stuff like that. | Then, I thought that America wasn't so bad after all. I had fun on our trip and I was a little glad I came here.

13: Kissing Post | May 17, 1904

15: My family decided to live in New York. First we had trouble learning English, find a place to stay, and such. However, New York was a great place to live. I saw many new things ans ate many new foods. Finally, I felt like I was home. | May 20, 1904

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