Local School Welcomes 19 New U.S. Citizens

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CANTON, Ohio -- Students at the Canton Country Day school welcomed 19 immigrants as they were sworn in as citizens of the United States Friday.

The immigrants are from countries like China, Greece and Columbia, but they are now all proud to be called American citizens.

"We are very happy to become U.S. citizens, and this country gave us many things like a better place to live and a better place to work,” said Chirag Sheth, of Canton.

"I'm very happy. I'm very proud, and I will encourage everyone to follow my example because it's our duty,” said Virginia Straley, of Canton.

Teachers believe the swearing-in ceremony gives students the chance to learn and see other cultures and the sacrifices they've made to come to America.

"I think it's a great opportunity -- it helps them embrace diversity, let's them know what people go through to come to this country. Just exactly what America offers and the privileges and rights they have,” said Jaime Murphy, a teacher.

All 19 new citizens have lived in this country for several years, and said they all wanted to become U.S. citizens so their families could have better lives.

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