In bringing naturalization ceremonies to middle school and high school classrooms, Citizenship Counts inspires both U.S.-born and immigrant students to learn about the naturalization process and, more importantly, gain an appreciation of what it means to be American citizens. This appreciation embodies the ideals championed by Citizenship Counts founder Gerda Weissmann Klein, who has taken her remarkable life journey and made it a universal lesson in the humanity that unites us and the freedoms that our democracy protects. It is not the color of our skin, our religion, or our ethnicity that brings us together; rather, it is the ideals that we share, the responsibilities that we embrace, and the opportunities that we enjoy that unite us as proud Americans. These are worthy lessons for our youth as they embark on lives as active and engaged citizens.

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