It is important to me to attend Ukrainian School or “Ridna Shkola” because I want to know about my family’s history.  I think that if you are not familiar with your past, you cannot have a solid future.  I want to learn to speak Ukrainian so that I can communicate with my family in Ukraine.  I have both family and friends there that I met when I visited Ukraine.  I very much enjoyed visiting Ukraine.  Knowing the language makes me feel like I am a part of Ukraine as well as America.