After being in the works for at least a couple of years, an article about ICS was published in Ghandi’s Be Magazine as part of the Profile of Changemakers column. It was written by Nancy Henderson, who is an award-winning author and national freelancer who often writes about people who are making a difference through their work.
An excerpt from the article:
Eighteen spirited first-graders at Atlanta’s International Community School sit cross-legged on the floor beneath fluffy clouds and tree branches painted on sea-green walls. One little guy adjusts his black Yamaka, while a girl smoothes her chocolate brown head scarf embroidered in rhinestones. Reading from a UNICEF picture book, the teacher pauses to ask: “If we want water, where do we get it from?”
Tedros raises his hand. “Where I lived,” he says, “I went 10 miles to get my water, on a bike.”
If it weren’t for Tedros’ unsettling answer and the knowing nods of fellow students, this might seem like any other class in America. But ICS is far from typical.
At this tuition-free, public charter K-5 school, half of the 420 students hail from families who have escaped the horrors of war in more than 25 countries, including Kurdistan, Somalia and Rwanda. ICS is the first American school to recruit multi-national refugees and educate them alongside local, middle-class students.