Champaign Schools to Host National African-American Parent Involvement Day Events

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 12:00am

On Monday, February 11 each of Champaign Unit 4 School District’s eighteen campuses will celebrate National African-American Parent Involvement Day (NAAPID) as part of a month-long observance of Black History Month.

NAAPID invites African-American Parents in Unit 4 to visit their child’s school, meet with teachers, visit classrooms, volunteer in classrooms, and have lunch with their child. Schools will each be putting together special programming for the day. Below is a snapshot of what some of the Unit 4 Schools have planned for the day. 

Bottenfield Elementary School will host a lunch and school-wide assembly featuring a guest speaker, student choir performance, and a step group performance. Parents will also be asked to provide feedback for improvement after spending the day at Bottenfield. 

Carrie Busey
Carrie Busey Elementary School will host a soul food lunch set up for students and parents. The school will pass out scrolls with African-American history written on them and enjoy a grade-appropriate poem by an African-American author. 

Edison Middle School will host a reception in the library with light refreshments. The program will start promptly at 10:00 a.m. featuring the talented Mr. Willie Summerville directing the Edison Choir. Reverend Harold Davis will also give a few words of inspiration. A soul food lunch will be provided at student cost.

Kenwood Elementary School will give away books and reading resources to every family who attends their NAAPID celebration. There will be light refreshments available for parents and gift card giveaways for the first three parents who sign in.

At Robeson Elementary School, teachers will read multicultural poetry books and ask students to write and display their own poetry on a Poet-Tree bulletin board. Students may also come dressed as poets in celebration of NAAPID. 

South Side
South Side Elementary School is providing a catered lunch in the cafeteria with families and staff. The school will host a baby picture contest and a “make it-take it” photo opportunity. Gift certificates will be distributed to all parents who attend as prizes for participating in the baby guessing game. The focus is on fun and getting to know one another. 

Stratton will kick off NAAPID with a parent breakfast, followed by classroom visits and guest readers throughout the day, including a reading from Superintendent Wiegand at noon. Parents are invited to bring their lunch and eat with their student at the school.

Franklin Middle School will kick off NAAPID by serving a light breakfast in the library for parents. Their event will also feature a welcome message from administrators and performances from the Franklin Steppers, interpretive dance, and the Swinging Knights Choir.

Jefferson Middle School will kick of NAAPID with an open breakfast for parents from 7:30-8:00 a.m. The school will be open all day with student ambassadors and greeters available each period to lead parents to student classrooms. A light lunch will be provided and the school will welcome a guest speaker on family and community involvement.

Central High School will kick off NAAPID by serving a light breakfast for parents. They will host a poetry reading and Soul Lunch in Seely Hall. The school will also host a program featuring the Black History Program Steppers, guest speakers, and a slide show entitled “To Be Young, Gifted, and Black.”

Centennial will begin NAAPID activities at 10:00 a.m. in the newly renovated College and Career Lecture Hall with a session of guest speakers and student performances. The session will be followed by lunch and an open dialogue in the library, and conclude with building tours conducted by student leaders of the African-American Culture Club. Parents are also invited to come out for the Talent Show on Saturday, February 16 at 7pm. 

The Novak Academy will host speakers at 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to discuss the importance of being involved in your child’s education. Throughout the day parents are encouraged to attend their child’s classes. Classrooms are going to have interactive activities for parents. The activities will be sample lessons that the students have done in class, and students will help to teach their parents.