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Sep 03, 2019

Esley Wished to be an American High School Student

Esly shares snacks with her classmates
Back to school means different things to different people.

If you’re in the workforce, perhaps going back to school is nostalgic. When you’re a student it means the end of summer freedom.

But for one teen wish kid from the Netherlands “Back to School” meant getting her wish to be a U.S. high school student for the day after missing a year of her own due to a diagnosis of Hodgkin’s lymphoma. 

Here are 8 amazing things that Esley experienced as a student at Calhoun High School in Merrick, NY on Long Island:

  1. She became a Calhoun Colt! Esley was shipped a large swag bag of Calhoun gear and some American candy by the student body to prepare her for her big day.
  2. Like many New York students, she began the day with a bagel.
  3. She rode a yellow school bus. They do not have school buses in the Netherlands (they generally ride bikes everywhere).
  4. She arrived at school (not at all typical) to a large banner welcoming her to Calhoun.
  5. She spent the day just being a high school student – exactly what she wanted.   
  6. She shared her culture with Calhoun. During Sculpture 4 class, Esley passed out Dutch delicacies, as students gathered around her, eager to learn more about her culture and education.
  7. She went to the local strip mall for lunch, a privilege for upper classmen with cars. She was shocked that there was a student parking lot! 
  8. She attended Colt Fest after school - Esley got to see the Colts in action, including the Cheer Leading Squad.

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