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Published October 17, 2012, 05:58 PM

Rufugee families find wardrobe help as Fargo school holds fashion show

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Refugee families in Fargo face a number of cultural challenges, including what their children should wear to school.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Refugee families in Fargo face a number of cultural challenges, including what their children should wear to school.

Today, the Adult Learning Center helped them understand school attire with its first ever fashion show.

Teenagers have their own ideas of what they want to wear to school, and are often stopped at the door by their parents.

But for New American parents, it can be difficult to know what is acceptable to wear in their new culture.

Yusra Ahmed moved to Fargo four years ago from Iraq.

The adjustment was tough, especially with four teenage children.

Yusra Ahmed, New American Parent: “They were having some hard times with learning English at first, and how the culture here in Fargo was gonna be.”

Many refugee parents struggle with the same problems.

Their children want to dress like their American peers, but what is appropriate?

To help parents understand, a group of students put on their school-day best for a fashion show.

Because the students are going to school every day, they often learn English faster than their parents do. So, some of the rules about dress code can be lost in translation.

Vonnie Sanders, ELL Director: “They have that disadvantage because the kids come home and say, "In America, you can do whatever you want, and I can dress like this." And the parents don't know if that's true or not.”

The fashion show was a fun way to show parents what's ok for kids to wear.

Ahmed: “This is going to maybe like, help them to understand what's more appropriate to wear for the girls, and for the boys as well.”

The organizers made sure to include some winter-wear in the show.

With winter coming up, that is definitely an important piece of everyone's wardrobe.

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