Refugee Makes a Difference at APS

Long Journey to Akron
Posted on 10/22/2019
Image of Sudan Rai(Jennifer Pignolet for Ohio.com/Akron Beacon Journal)

As soon as he hears a classroom has a problem — a frozen laptop screen or a software program that won’t load — Sudan Rai runs through the hallways of Harris-Jackson Community Learning Center.

Sometimes the staff reminds him he doesn’t have to run. It’s just technology. He can take a breath.

Rai can’t help himself. The 35-year-old is eager to help the students in any way he can.

When he was their age, he was running for his life. And when he went to school, it was under a tree. There certainly weren’t any laptops or Smart boards.

Rai, a technology support specialist at Harris-Jackson and a former Nepali translator for Akron Public Schools, fled his home in the country of Bhutan — sandwiched between China to the north and India to the south — in the middle of the night with his parents. He was 5 years old. Read more here >>.

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