Dominican Literacy Center in Aurora Offering U.S. Citizenship Classes
Alison Brzezinski teaches a U.S. citizenship class at Santori Aurora Public Library May 24. Brzezinski, tutoring coordinator at Dominican Literacy Center in Aurora, is teaching seven free Wednesday classes to prepare residents to take the citizenship test. (Photo provided)
June 15, 2017

AURORA—The director and volunteers from the Dominican Literacy Center, here, are teaching free U.S. citizenship classes from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays at Santori Aurora Public Library, 101 S. River St.

The eight-class sessions will continue June 14, 21, 28, July 5 and July 12.

About 30 students attended the initial class May 24.

Classes are designed to prepare men and women age 18 and older to take the citizenship exam in Chicago.

Alison Brzezinski, tutoring coordinator at Dominican Literacy Center in Aurora and the  class instructor, is being assisted by DLC volunteers.  

Sister Kathleen Ryan, DLC director, said the first summer series of free citizenship classes is in response to increased interest by area residents.

“More legal permanent residents in Aurora and the U.S. are applying to become U.S. citizens,” she said. “DLC citizenship classes have doubled. It became obvious that we needed to offer citizenship classes during the summer, which we have never done before.”

Donations make the program possible said Sister Kathleen. The library donates the meeting room. The Dunham Fund, a private Aurora philanthropy, has contributed $5,000 for expenses.

The series sponsor is the Greater Aurora Area Literacy Coalition, an Aurora-based nonprofit. Founded in 2010, among its members are the DLC, Santori library, Hesed House homeless shelter and Waubonsee Community College.

The coalition’s goal is “To promote lifelong literacy in the greater Aurora area through community partnerships.”

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