The APS Welcome Center recently hosted a giveaway for 120 refugee and immigrant families who have made Aurora their home.
Welcome Center Coordinator Silvia Tamminen and her staff packed items such as coats, boots, hats, gloves and hygiene products into boxes and distributed them to families in a grab-and-go fashion while adhering to COVID-19 safety guidelines. Some families also received a gift card to be used for food and gas at local businesses. This was all made possible through a grant from Lockheed Martin.
"The coats, boots, hats and gloves came at a good time before it gets cold,” said one parent from Honduras. Another parent from the Philippines expressed gratitude for the kindness their family has received since arriving in Aurora.
"We are grateful for community partners like Lockheed Martin,” said APS Foundation Executive Director Jill Ruiter. “Their investment to support the students and families right here in Aurora is a testament to their community awareness and involvement."
In APS, we believe community partnerships provide vital resources and opportunities for students and families. We also believe families are our partners in education. We applaud the APS Welcome Center for their continued work in empowering parents and bridging cultural gaps, and we thank Lockheed Martin for their generous support in this endeavor.
The APS Foundation is committed to finding ways to support students and families in Aurora Public Schools. If you would like to learn more about these efforts, please visit educateaurora.org.