Community leaders gathered at Golden Oak Adult School Thursday night in celebration of U.S. Constitution Day and to mentor adult students preparing for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services civics test.
Mentors including two Hart District board members, administrators, a city representative and business partners, shared apple pie and an American perspective on subjects such as sports, food, family, tipping, and living within the law with students.
Students from around the world in turn shared similar customs from their own countries. Small groups made it comfortable for conversation.
“The people were willing to talk and sometimes share very personal fears,” mentor Karen Hudson said.
Mike Kuhlman, assistant superintendent for the Hart School District, said he volunteered to help out and walked away with stories to share.
“The students’ life examples are an inspiration to work hard in the face of challenge,” Kuhlman said.
Several students said they were honored that Santa Clarita community leaders took time out of their busy lives to help support them in their goal to become U.S. Citizens. “Babe” from the Philippines said she was pleased with all of the information she learned and that the classes were quite enjoyable.
Golden Oak Adult School is a member of the Gateway SCV Consortium, a partnership between the Hart School District and College of the Canyons. Information regarding Golden Oak’s Citizenship Preparation class and other offerings can be found at www.goldenoakadultschool.com.