APS Welcome Center Hosts Inaugural Orientation Day

Parents attend an English Language Development workshop.
Parents attend an English Language Development workshop.

Immigrant and refugee families new to Aurora and the United States recently gained a better understanding of the U.S. educational system at the APS Welcome Center’s Inaugural Orientation Day. Attendees gathered at Aurora Central High School to take advantage of the valuable information provided in nearly 20 different languages.

Following a warm welcome from APS Chief of Staff Marcelina Rivera and APS Welcome Center Coordinator Silvia Tamminen, parents engaged in workshops to develop their English skills and comprehend the grading system, attendance requirements and more.

Meanwhile, students had loads of fun participating in educational activities hosted by the YMCA. They learned about traffic rules, the world map and, most importantly, friendship. To top it off, each student walked away with free school supplies courtesy of the YMCA.

The event closed out with a resource fair connecting community partners with the immigrant and refugee community. Parents signed up for ESL classes, enrolled their students in beneficial programs, pocketed library cards and much more.

APS is excited about the center's growing relationship with the community, which helps each student shape a successful future.

Visit the APS Welcome Center today at 1085 Peoria Street, Aurora 80011!

Children enjoy educational YMCA activities.
Children enjoy educational YMCA activities.