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IMSA's Information Resource Center Hosts 6th Annual Family Reading Night for Aurora Community

For the sixth year, IMSA’s Information Resource Center and student volunteers coordinated and hosted IMSA Community Family Reading Night for area elementary school students and their families. This year’s theme was “Reading Around the World!”

Aurora elementary students become young scientists during hands-on lab activities.
Students and their families have fun making a variety of crafts.
IMSA's Alma Latina group performs for Aurora elementary school students and their families.

Sixty families from Gates, Greenman, McCleery and Oak Park elementary schools in Aurora attended the event which served 110 students and 70 of their parents.

During the fun-filled and educational evening, the young students and their families watched performances by the IMSA Alma Latina student group and IMSA Indian Student Association, listened to storytelling by IMSA staff, designed and made crafts, and participated in hands-on science activities in laboratories led by the IMSA Kids Institute. 

In addition, the IMSA Office of Admissions coordinated student-led bilingual tours of the IMSA campus. 

In addition to the event itself, IMSA students and staff volunteered nealry 400 hours of their time preparing for the event, which involved planning, recruiting volunteers, decorating and designing promotional materials for the program. Tinseltown Movie Theater, Panera Bread, East Aurora and West Aurora High School's Athletic departments donated raffle prizes and all volunteers and families were treated to ice cream donated by Oberweis Dairy.

As a bonus, the Literacy Program of the Junior League of DuPage and Kane Counties donated a book to each student in attendance.

IMSA Supervisor of Interlibrary Loan and Circulation Angela Richardson of Aurora said her work coordinating the event is always gratifying.

“Giving back to my community is very important to me and I am fortunate to work at IMSA where service and community involvement is encouraged, supported and rewarded."

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