Anna Vukhrashev


On January 18, Cherokee’s 7th grade Panthers had a very special visitor, Anna Vukhrashev. Anna came to Cherokee to talk to the 7th graders about the devastating disaster that happened in Chernobyl, Ukraine. On April  26, 1986, a nuclear power plant blew up. People had to evacuate the area and they could not return. This was the worst explosion in history.

Anna talked about what it was like to live in a communist country. She said that you could not disagree with the government or speak your opinion. If you did, a soldier would come take you away in the middle of the night and you would never return to your family. She had never seen someone with down syndrome until she was around 14. This is because the government killed any baby that had a visible birth defect. The nurses would take the baby to clean it up and put the diaper on, or so the parents thought, but they were actually killing the baby.

  The Panthers at Cherokee have adopted a Ukrainian class and are collecting school supplies for them. Because of the catastrophe that occurred 30 years ago, Ukraine is still a developing country. The kids there don’t have very many school supplies, they have to use things that were handed down to them. If you would like to help the kids in the Ukraine, you can donate lightly used or new school supplies to Mrs. Ricker’s room.