ANSONIA, CT — Jan Zaleski has many reasons to hold his head a little higher, according to the Valley Independent Sentinel.
On December 2, Zaleski officially became a U.S. citizen, an accomplishment that was celebrated on Tuesday at the Bradley School, where he works as a custodian, the article stated.
According to the article, Zaleski was surprised by the school''s students who began to sing "The Star Spangled Banner," causing Zaleski to choke up with emotion.
"I was surprised, 1,000 percent unexpected," Zaleski said.
Both Jan and his wife Kazmira came to the U.S. from Poland about 15 years ago; Jan has been working for the Derby Public School District for about seven years, the article noted.
Zaleski said he wanted to obtain his full citizenship status because he had a desire to be "more," the article added.
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