Lake Highlands is home to a vast number of refugees and immigrants — we know this anecdotally, based on stories we’ve written and people we’ve met in the neighborhood. Statistically, according to the DFW International Community Alliance, 44 percent of North Texans are “new Americans”. The organization holds life skills classes and citizenship classes here in Lake Highlands, at the Audelia library.
The sessions are in high demand: more than 480 people have signed up for the citizenship classes and students come from as far as an hour or more away weekly.
Richland college student and Berkner grad Eva Calvario, 19, teaches the Wednesday night citizenship class at the Audelia library. Among her 130 students is her own mother, Maria Elena Calvario.
Say class organizers, “We’re very proud to be helping so many hard-working legal residents become U.S. citizens so they can vote in the upcoming elections.”
Recently, in an Audelia Library ceremony — a group of women graduated from the Life Skills class.
The DFW International Community Alliance’s mission is to “build mutual understanding and respect by linking diverse international cultural communities.”