We were excited to learn that not one, but TWO of the St. Luke’s student nurses coming in to do their community health rotation at the Senior Center this semester were once students of our ESL School!
Anatali Aquino is originally from the Dominican Republic. She was a student at the ESL School before transferring to Metropolitan Community College to pursue prerequisites toward an Associate’s degree. Anatali went on to work a total of ten years as a Spanish interpreter and WIC Certifier with Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center before beginning her nursing program at St. Luke’s. She credits the welcoming and supportive community she encountered at the ESL school for helping her get to where she is today. “I remember a teacher [at the school] once told me: ‘if you learn one English word each day—how to pronounce it and use it in a sentence—you will have learned 365 new words in a year.’ That lesson really stuck with me,” says Anatali.
The other student is Cidalia Eriksen, and here's her story in her own words:
Grateful to Serve
in the Don Bosco Senior Center
by Cidalia Eriksen
When I first arrived in the United States, I could not speak English. I also worked cleaning houses, mopping floors, and in the kitchen as a cook at a nursing home. Don Bosco ESL School was very important in my learning English and in learning about life in the United States. My teachers, Gilbert and Elizabeth, encouraged me to learn more English and told me that I was smart and capable of much more than pushing a broom. I came to night classes at Don Bosco three nights a week and learned the English language and American culture. It was very important to helping me adapt to my new life in the United States. I was encouraged to learn and always felt welcome.
Today I am a nursing student at St Luke’s and had a practicum at Don Bosco Senior Center. A flood of emotions came over me as I arrived at Don Bosco today. Years ago, I came to Don Bosco, needing help to integrate into my community and into American life. It was a great pleasure and joy to now be able to help others today.
Helping deliver meals to seniors in the Meals on Wheels program made me feel that I could make a positive contribution to the community. Now, instead of needing help, I am able to help someone else. I was overwhelmed with gratitude today, and the ability to pay it forward was a wonderful feeling. As a nursing student, and in the future as a nurse, I hope to give back to others the kindness and caring I received when I needed it the most.
Coming to the United States, a new country, and learning a new language and a new culture were great challenges. Don Bosco ESL school helped me face those challenges. Nursing students of St. Luke’s College have the wonderful opportunity to learn at different clinical sites. We have the chance to become great nurses. Today I feel enormous gratitude to have the opportunity to give time and energy to seniors at the Don Bosco Senior Center and the Meals on Wheels program.
Both Cidalia and Anatali will be graduating next spring. We wish them all the very best in their new careers!
Springing into Action
Spring has Sprung, and here at Don Bosco, we're flinging off the effects of a rough winter by lining up some exciting events for all our faithful friends and supporters. To show our appreciation for you—and help us make up the impact that 11 unexpected snow days had on our budget—we're organizing these fun opportunities to look forward to:
Bosco Brew Bus
Proud of one of the country's fastest-growing and most creative craft beer cities? Then join us to celebrate local beer! Whether you're an old hat or can't tell a lager from an ale, this guided tour of four of KC's best breweries has something for you.
We will tour breweries in North KC, West Bottoms, River Market, and the Crossroads on a luxury coach. The tour includes drinks at Don Bosco before we head out, drinks on the bus, and beer at each brewery. Tickets are limited, so please act quickly to reserve your spot.
Sponsorship opportunities are also still available; contact Justin Elder at firstname.lastname@example.org or 816-691-2807 for details.
They're going fast, but it's not too late to purchase your Mahomes Jersey Raffle tickets if you haven't done so already—or just need to get some more! At $25 a ticket—and 5 for $100—these are a steal! Also, check out coverage of our raffle on 41 Action News and Fox 4 KC.
Feast for a Cause when you gather a crowd and dine out with us at Buffalo Wild Wings in Zona Rosa on Wednesday, April 24th. This is an all-day event—11a.m. to 11p.m.—so you'll have plenty of time to do justice to those wings! Plus, right now BWW is running a special promotion that DOUBLES their donation during charity events, so when you present this ticket, they will DONATE 20% of your food and alcohol bill to Don Bosco!
What takes no additional time and costs you nothing extra? Shopping on AmazonSmile to benefit The Don Bosco Centers, that's what! When you make your usual Amazon purchases at smile.amazon.com/ch/44-0558260, Amazon donates 0.5% of your total directly to Don Bosco at no additional cost to you!