Wood River High 'Nosotros United' club seeks to bring cultures together
When the Trump Administration announced to rescind Differed Action on Childhood Arrivals in September 2017, Wood River High School student Marisol Marquez wanted to bring the students of all cultures together.
Michel Sewell, GRIT coordinator for Wood River High, said Marquez had come to her and wanted to do something to show support for DACA students.
"While this is not a DACA only club, it certainty generated from this idea we want to help each other. We want to have a community of support in the school, students feel welcome and feel like they all can have ambitious dreams," Sewell said.
The club eventually became "Nosotros United," nosotros meaning "us." Grace Evans, a senior at Wood River High and vice president of the club, has been friends with Marquez since kindergarten. She said the moment Marquez told her about the idea, she hopped on board.
"The first meeting we had, almost the entire classroom was filled. It just open my eyes to see how much this school and the community really needed something like this," Evans said.
Elizabeth Sandoval, 16, a member of Nosotros United, said she does see a separation of different classes in the hallways. She believes the club will break boundaries and will bring all cultures together.
"Here you see people coming together from different cultures different ages, from freshman to senior. For me that's the best part," Sandoval said.
The club is starting to prepare for their spring event "El Día de los Niños," or Children's Day.