Ukrainian village school helps students who fled war-torn Ukraine

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CHICAGO — A Chicago school has already taken in students who fled Ukraine and is now gearing up to help even more.

St. Nicholas Cathedral School is a mainstay of the Ukrainian community in the heart of Chicago’s Ukrainian Village.

“We are the first stop for Ukrainian immigrants coming to the United States, even before all of this,” said teacher Matthew Hahn.

Hahn said many students are bilingual in Ukrainian and English. Recently, the school welcomed eight new students who fled Ukraine.

“We have eight new students newly arrived from Ukraine, and some really harrowing stories they bring with them about trekking through much of Ukrainian territory and into Poland, and then arriving here,” Hahn said.

Hahn said the school is accepting donations on Amazon for basic necessities.

“One of the things we found was that they came in with at most three days of outfits and clothes, and you can only imagine everything else with that as well,” Hahn said.

St Nicholas also works with the Big Shoulders Fund to raise funds for even more children who should flee Ukraine and go to Chicago.

“We want to make sure they’re ready to transition as easily as possible, they’ve been through a lot and having welcoming arms open to welcome them could mean the world to these kids,” Hahn said.

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Block Chicago Club reported for the first time that the school hopes to gather basic necessities for these students and others who are expected to arrive.

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