Muslim Exchange Student Learns Valuable Lessons


It was part bake sale and part learning experience in Carthage Friday.

Salaam Halila, a Muslim exchange student from Tunisia, is attending Carthage Central this school year.

She is part of a federally-funded scholarship program, which was started after the 9/11 terrorist attacks to build bridges with the Muslim world.

As part of her exchange program, Salaam does community service projects, like Friday's bake sale, which raised money for the Carthage Food Pantry.

Salaam says the program will leave a lasting impression on her when she heads home in June.

"I feel like that's one way I can change my community or I can do something in my community, volunteering and helping," she said.

"Completely changes the way the families, the friends, the students here see the whole world, so I think that has been a tremendous gift," said Nancy Sanderson, Center for Cultural Interchange Greenhart.

Salaam says she will also remember one more thing about the north country - her first experience with snow.

Sunday, December 11, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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