It’s a novel way to teach history. More than 350 students in 21 “welcoming classes” in nine Montreal schools were asked to bring to school an object they considered a family treasure. The youngsters, all about 13 years old and newly arrived in Canada from more than 100 different countries, threw themselves into the project.

They brought photographs, musical instruments, jewelry, the Koran, a painted Russian chess set, a carved Syrian alphabet, a traditional Pakistani dress, a Diabolo juggling toy, and the ability to dance salsa.

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