Lupita Ayon Honored By Highline School District

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(L-R) Mauricio Ayón, Teresa Wallace, Anita Ramos, Lupita Ayón, Bill Hopper, Rebbeca Richards, Geno AmadorThe Highline Public School District has recognized Lupita Ayon as its Outstanding Community Leader for 2007-08.

Ayon is the founder of Para Los Niños, a nonprofit organization established to serve the educational needs of Latino children in the Highline community. Under Lupita’s leadership, Para Los Niños has developed programs that serve the needs of Latino students and families.

Aprendamos Juntos is an early learning program serving Spanish-speaking families. In this evening program held at Mount View and Bow Lake elementary schools, children learn Kindergarten-readiness skills while their parents are in another room learning English.

Last fall, Highline was awarded a Toyota Family Literacy grant due in part to the work Para Los Niños has done in the district. With funding from Toyota, Para Los Niños has expanded Aprendamos Juntos to two additional schools, Beverly Park and White Center Heights, providing the curriculum to both parents and Kindergartners during the school day. The English instruction provided to parents specifically focuses on the language and knowledge they need to understand and function within the American school system.

Each July, Para Los Niños hosts a summer school program that connects students with their Mexican heritage. Para Los Niños works with the Mexican consulate to bring guest teachers from Mexican schools to teach academics and cultural activities in Spanish. Highline teachers serve as instructional aides, thus strengthening their Spanish language skills.

“Lupita is a true asset to Highline, and our students have benefited much from her dedication and service,” says Highline Superintendent John Welch.


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