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RCSD Celebrates World Refugee Day at Rochester International Academy

(June 18, 2024) The Rochester City School District celebrated World Refugee Day with students and families from Rochester International Academy on Saturday, June 15, honoring Ruth Turner, the District’s Deputy Superintendent for Administration and Supports. 

Ruth Turner’s recognition was a culmination of her dedicated service and impact on the refugee community in Rochester.  Selected by a committee from nominations and 500-word essays detailing deserving candidates, Ruth’s journey from a child refugee fleeing Eritrea to her current leadership role exemplifies resilience and dedication.  Overcoming the challenges faced by refugees in the United States, Ruth used education as her pathway to success, establishing herself as a social worker, RCSD School Chief of Student Supports, NYS Regent, and RCSD Deputy Superintendent for Administration and Supports. 

World Refugee Day, observed globally each year in June, serves as a poignant reminder of the strength of refugees worldwide.  In Rochester, this day was marked with a community gathering at Edgerton Park, where attendees enjoyed cultural performances, diverse foods, children’s games, and activities, showcasing the community’s unity and solidarity with refugees. 

The event was a collaboration between various organizations and community partners, including the City of Rochester, RCSD, Keeping our Promise, Inc., Refugees Helping Refugees, New Americans Advisory Council, Barakah Muslim Charity, Catholic Charities Family and Community Services, and World Relief of Western New York.