Whitney students congratulate custodian Abdinasir Mohamud on becoming a U.S. citizen.

Published at 9:53 a.m. on April 26, 2013 | Modified at 9:53 a.m. on April 26, 2013

Students at Whitney Elementary ended their day Thursday with a serenade of "Proud to be an American" to custodian Abdinasir Mohamud, 30, who passed a citizenship test on April 15th to become a United States citizen. Abdinasir has been in the US for 7 years, and worked at Whitney for two. He is a Somalian refugee, and borrowed books from the school library to study for his test. He said he thinks the United States is a "very amazing country" and appreciates how peaceful and civilized the people are here. "It's very amazing because I was a refugee for a long time...I am proud and thankful that the U.S. gave me an opportunity," he said.

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