Group of people fulfill dreams to become American citizens

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Happy to have voting rights

PHOENIX - The naturalization ceremony took place today at the Phoenix Convention Center.

Some Valley students are learning about the process of becoming a United States citizen.

It is a process that is not easy, people wait years for the opportunity, they must pay fees and pass exams all for a chance at the American dream.

Their dream is now a reality as these men and women from 26 countries around the world are officially United States citizens.

Special guest, former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor welcomed the new citizens.

Immigrants like holocaust survivor and Valley resident Gerda Weissmann Klein.

Klein is also the founder of Citizenship Counts, a program that teaches middle school students the importance of civics education.

Students from Villa Montessori of Phoenix and Mission Montessori of Scottsdale are taking part in the Citizenship Counts pilot program. They helped organize Monday's event and in the process learned a very valuable lesson.

One of the privileges of becoming a U.S. citizen is that the right to vote.