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Butler students experience life as a refugee

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Local students are trading in the classroom to become refugees. 

Butler High School students took on the personas of refugees today as part of an exercise called "Walk a Mile in My Shoes: A Migration Simulation."

The program tries to give students an idea of the hardships refugees face when they leave their home and live in a refugee camp. Educators hope the project teaches students to become culturally competent.

"With the recent election we've just heard so much rhetoric about immigration illegal both positive and negative," said Clay Hollister, a Civics teacher at Butler. "I'm really hoping they'll have an open mind towards immigrants and the difficulties they go through to come here to the United States."  

The students will also be assigned to write letters to real refugees welcoming them to the country.

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