Family with 11 Children Collaborates with Yale Elementary to Create Home Classroom

With Aurora Public Schools in a remote learning model for much of the 2020-21 school year, an APS parent named Cheryl knew she needed to recreate her children's learning space at home.

Cheryl and her husband, Lance, are parents to 11 children who are all in preschool through 8th grade. The majority of their children attend Yale Elementary so Cheryl reached out to the school’s principal to see whether she could borrow some desks. Yale’s principal gladly obliged and the desks soon found a temporary home in Cheryl’s living room.

With the classroom furniture in place, Cheryl then scoured Amazon to find a myriad of posters, wall-hanging organizers and other materials to transform the space into a fully-functioning school classroom. From 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. each weekday, her house is buzzing with non-stop video conferences on almost a dozen Chromebooks.

To keep everything running smoothly, Cheryl must stay super organized. It helps that she worked in an APS school for 17 years before retiring in 2015. With their four biological children all now grown adults, Cheryl and Lance decided to become foster parents. Of their 11 younger children, seven are foster children and four are adopted. Several also have special needs and require constant therapies as part of their schooling.

Cheryl says the remote learning experience has been very positive for her family and she’s grateful for all of the support she and her children have received from their schools. What a great example of how #APSFightsForKids!

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