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2015 Holiday Appeal - Beyond Syria
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Since last summer all of the United States witnessed the mass migration of Syrian refugees fleeing their brutal civil war. This exodus left many wondering what were the implications for refugee resettlement in the US: http://goo.gl/vbB8GH
2015 Holiday Appeal - Survivor Support Services
Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Although Domestic Violence occurs at the same rate across all communities. The murder rate is significantly higher among immigrant and refugee women because of the barriers they face in seeking freedom. Read the latest installment of our 2015 Holiday Appeal: http://goo.gl/l7Uho9

2015 Holiday Appeal - Cultural Calendar
Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Whether the Chopin Singing Society, Korean Dancers, Ugandan drummers, or the Karen Wrist Tying festival, IIB has been home to newcomer celebrations for more than a century.

2015 Holiday Appeal - Akili's Story
Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Akili and his wife Reny fled the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2008. After a 1,300 mile journey and six years in a refugee camp, they're building a new life in Buffalo: http://goo.gl/EfYNms

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East Aurora High School Wins Academic WorldQuest
20 teams competed at 10th Annual Academic WorldQuest on Nov. 7
Published Monday, November 11, 2013
by Erin Kelly

10th Annual Academic WorldQuest was the largest ever! 20 teams competed from 9 Western New York schools at Tapestry Charter School on November 9, 2013.

It is the second consecutive win for East Aurora which won in 2012. Eden Jr./Sr. High School came 2d, and Buffalo Seminary won 3d place. 

Quiz Master Peter Anderson, spokesman for Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz,  tested students on their knowledge of foreign affairs, current events, geography & history, language & literature, culture & art, and pop culture.

Excitingly, there were many new teams this year - independent, Catholic, charter and public. Participating schools were: Buffalo Seminary, Canisius High School, East Aurora High School, Eden Jr./Sr. High School, Kenmore West High School, Mount St. Mary Academy, Nardin Academy, Tapestry Charter Schooll and West Seneca High School.

Judges were Dr. Richard Wright, retired social studies teacher and IIB board member and Dr. Jeffrey Chow, adjunct professor, Dept. of Business at Buffalo State College. Volunteers Janice Khumalo kept score and Karina Tamis kept time.

Thank you to all the advisors coached their teams. We know some of you see this as training for Model UN. See you there in March at UB!

  • Eden- John Morrow
  • Kenmore West- Kelly Rodriguez
  • Buffalo SEM- Dr. Benjamin Priest
  • Nardin Academy- Joanna Batt
  • West Seneca- Deborah Cline
  • Canisuis- Dennis Beecher
  • East Aurora- Kevin Weigel
  • Tapestry - Geoff Schutte
  • Mount St. Mary- Christina Held-Hulsing

East Aurora, the winning team, earned the right to compete in the National Academic WorldQuest, sponsored by the World Affairs Councils of America in Washington D.C. on April 26, 2014. 

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