Aequora at Lakewood Elementary Y Club


The Lakewood Elementary Y Club is located in the Greater Kansas City area. At Lakewood Elementary, we are proud to partner with The Paideia Institute and offer Aequora as a curricular program during the school day.

Aequora is a K-8 curriculum focusing on literacy education via Latin. Led by independent site-coordinators, Aequora has expanded to over 30 sites in 12 states throughout the continental U.S.

At Lakewood Elementary, we have chosen Aequora because we believe in the benefits of a classical education. Through The Paideia Institute’s Aequora curriculum, our volunteers harness the classical languages’ power to improve literacy, cultural understanding, and equity in education — all while making the ancient Mediterranean world fun and accessible to students of all backgrounds.

Aequora is shaped by a belief that everyone should have access to Latin and by a vision of Classics as an inclusive, diverse, and socially engaged field. Our textbook, Aequora: Teaching Literacy with Latin, introduces the basics of Latin vocabulary and grammar, Roman culture and mythology, and connections between Latin, English, and Spanish, all through games and activities designed to show students that learning Latin is fun!

To learn more about The Paideia Institute’s Aequora program, its groundbreaking curriculum, or how we can work together, click Partner with Us.

Partner with Us


At our Aequora site, undergraduate volunteers from the University of Missouri-Kansas City teach Latin and Classical culture to small groups of students at Lakewood Elementary using the Aequora textbook.

To lend your support for the Classics and public literacy by donating to the Paideia Institute, click Support Aequora.

Support Aequora


The Aequora program is sustained by enthusiastic volunteers all over the country who care about making a difference and want to fight educational inequality through sharing their love of Latin. We are always looking for new volunteers!

To learn more about volunteering at Lakewood Elementary, or if you have questions about how you can get involved, use the Volunteer button below.


Benjamin Jasnow, our site coordinator, is a passionate Latinist. Ben holds a PhD in Classics from the University of Virginia and lives in Kansas City, MO, where he teaches at a number of local universities, including the University of Missouri-Kansas City, the University of Kansas, and the Kansas City Art Institute.  

Click below to learn more about Ben!

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