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Refugees in San Antonio challenge, enrich preschools

July 8, 2019
Krista Torralva
San Antonio Express-News

Varshik Manda would cry every morning at the start of school. His teachers at the Pre-K 4 SA North Center didn’t know how to comfort him. He was 4, still spoke in his native language of Telegu and couldn’t tell his teachers that he missed his mom and newborn baby brother.

Varshik was very quiet during activities last fall, said his teacher, Lilyann Cazares-Mesquiti. In groups, he would forfeit his turn to speak to let other children go ahead. His wide brown eyes watched as they spoke, and that’s how he learned what to call objects in the classroom.