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Church program helps refugees integrate

Tuka, 8, is tutored by Diane Sager, 20, at the Emmaus Methodist Church in Albany.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
Tuka, 8, is tutored by Diane Sager, 20, at the Emmaus Methodist Church in Albany.
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Esther leans over a piece of paper and quickly reads off the list of numbers printed there. Her teacher nods her head in approval. Then she asks Esther, an enthusiastic 8-year-old with a bright smile, to sound out the letters of the alphabet. “Ah,” Esther says. “Buh.” Then she demonstrates her writing ability by penning a sentence about how much she likes Valentine’s Day. Esther is completing a routine mid-year assessment designed to gauge how ...

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