J Life | April-June 2019 apr-may-19-jlife - Page 17

ECE TEACHER BECOMES AMERICAN CITIZEN AT THE TUCSON J Written by: Nichole Wiley, Director of Marketing, Communications & PR Saturday, February 22, 2019 was a momentous day for 146 people who were sworn in as American citizens at The Tucson J. We were honored to host over 600 people on a rare, snowy morning in Tucson for the ceremony. One of our very own was part of this group. Kristina Li has worked in Early Childhood Education here at The J for two years. She told us, when she first moved to the U.S., it was difficult because she didn’t have anyone for support. She found friends at The J and now calls them her family. We are proud to have you on our team, Kristina! Congratulations!! Todd Rockoff, President and CEO, was one of the speakers during this special ceremony, a tribute for George Washington’s birthday. “We were honored to host a naturalization ceremony for the second time, welcoming people to our community and into our country. Here at The J, we are open to all people of all ages.” Family and friends witnessed loved ones from 38 different countries including Israel, Mexico, China, and Sudan take the oath of citizenship. Thank you for celebrating this remarkable occasion with us and our Tucson J family. 17