High school club creates unique bonds between students

High school club creates unique bonds between students

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - When it comes to school, there are times we all need a little help.

Reia Li uses some of her free time after class to offer it to fellow students.

“I love tutoring people and I love being able to help them,” Li said.

She’s a student at University High, but works with students at Rincon.

That includes students like Synthia Niyogushima.

“Sometimes when we’re learning from the teacher, we don’t understand,” Niyogushima said. “When we come here, it makes us understand more.”

Niyogushima is still relatively new to Tucson. She's a refugee from Africa and still adjusting in some ways.

A club at the school helps her out.

“I don’t speak that good of English, but when I’m talking to them I feel like they’re really friendly,” Niyogushima said. “I feel really welcomed.”

It’s called the Unity Club because inside this classroom, it’s about focus and some fun.

“All assumptions are left at the door,” Li said. “It’s little things like that where we forget that whether you’re a refugee or not a refugee.”

Lisa said tutoring twice per week gives her perspective.

“This school and just all of the schools I’ve gone to have helped me develop as a person,” Li said. “Some of the kids haven’t had that because of moving around from country to country.”

TUSD has hundreds of refugee students and many are at Rincon and University.

Li said she's found when it comes to learning, they never give up.

“They are never frustrated,” Li said. “Things like that continue to amaze me and that’s why I come here.”

They’re bridging the gaps on this shared campus to prove that in “Unity,” they can create something great.

The Unity Club got its start on campus a few years ago and meet Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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