Black History Month

Unit 4 Celebrates Black History Month
Posted on 02/10/2021

Unit 4 is celebrating Black History Month all month long. Please see below for details about NAAPID and how we are featuring items from Black-owned small businesses in our meal boxes.


In honor of Black History Month, Unit 4 meal boxes will feature items from Black-Owned Small Businesses each week. 

Feb. 1: Wood N' Hog BBQ Restaurant 

The menu will included:

  • Pulled chicken
  • Cornbread
  • Backed beans

Feb. 8: Nothing Bundt Cakes

Each meal box will contain a "Bundtini" in one of the following flavors: vanilla, red velvet, chocolate chocolate chip, or confetti.

Feb. 16 (Note: The District is closed Feb. 15 so meal sites will be open on Feb. 16): Neil St Blues

The menu will include:

  • Chicken Drumstick
  • Green Beans
  • Macaroni and Cheese

Feb. 22: CBPB Popcorn Shop

Each meal box will contain one popcorn snack size bag. The flavors we will feature are:

  • kettle corn
  • caramel corn
  • cheddar popcorn.

Interesting fact they provide the popcorn for the U of I events.


In honor of National African American Parent Involvement Day (NAAPID) on Monday, February 8, each Unit 4 school is inviting parents to take part in special activities. Below is a summary of activities at several of our campuses.

National African-American Parent Involvement Day Activities are on February 8, 2021 (unless other date specified). Please contact your school for more information.

Early Childhood Center

CECC flyer

  •  Enjoy the day in one of two 45 minutes celebrations at 10:30 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. 
  • Watch a TED talk on the history of social dance.
  • BIPOC showing of the book “Rap A Tap Tap.”
  • Bring your student’s learning kit to be able to play along with the video!
  • Learn The Slide and other popular dances with a live DJ. 

Barkstall Flyer 

  • 8:55am - 11:25am - Families are invited to join in reading & math games, and SEL and Specials activities. 
  • Volunteer readers will lead an SEL reading activity.
  • Enjoy musical performances and activities in: SEL, Flip Grid, Art and Step.

Booker T. Washington

BTW flyer

  • Boxed meals will be provided to families by Wood N' Hog (local BBQ ). Meals will be available for pick up throughout the day.
  • Black History Month shirts will be distributed for every child with the meal.
  • 4 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Webinar visit from Author Asha Ntim who will read from her Dark Brown Girls Collection (Joined by Garden Hills and IPA).
  • 4:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. Join online via Zoom for a resource presentation given by school staff and social workers.
  •  5p.m. - 5:30 pm. - “Fireside Chat”- African American families with African American staff members - What can we do to get your involvement? How can we help support? 


  • Your choice! Students and parents will participate in activities selected from the NAAPID Choice Board in early February.
  • Students & parents who complete the Choice Board survey will be entered into a raffle to receive either a gift card from a local black-owned business or a book featuring an African American author or illustrator.

Carrie Busey

  • During distance learning time, each classroom will be viewing the Inaugural Poem by Amanda Gorman. Students will review the meaningful text of "The Hill We Climb" and do a reflection.
  • Check with your classroom teacher to find out when parents are invited to join!

Dr. Howard

  • K-1: Reading of “A Letter to Amy” by Ezra Jack Keat
    Kindergarten - Reading of "I am Rosa Parks" by Brad Meltzer paired with a writing/drawing activity. 
  • 1st Grade: Families are invited to a writer’s showcase. Students will present what they have learned about the civil rights activist, Ruby Bridges and share their biographies about her life and how she helped to change the world. They will also share what they admire about Ruby and what they can do to make the world a better place.
  •  2nd Grade: 1:20 p.m. - 2 p.m. - Join online as students present a mini report on different black icons. Watch an African America cultural dance and then play a song and do a dance to that song. 
  •  3rd Grade: Virtual read aloud of a text on EPIC titled "Civil Rights Movement." Students will give presentations on influential black figures.
  • 4th Grade - Students will use Flipgrid to give an inspirational quote that was said by a civil rights activist.
  • 5th Grade - Join via Google Classroom as students present what they have learned about social justice in the United States and how these issues connect to civil rights movements in history.

Garden Hills

Garden Hills flyer

  • Families can join classrooms at any time throughout the day.
  • Teachers will share a video of poems being read by students.
  • Enjoy a Black History Month game of Kahoot and other games.
  • Sing "Lift Every Voice and Sing"
  • 4 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.: Webinar visit from Author Asha Ntim who will read from her Dark Brown Girls Collection. (The webinar reading will be joined by students from Booker T. Washington and IPA).

International Prep Academy

  •  Students will hear a recorded presentation from our bilingual director, Viodelda Judkins, about being Black, Hispanic and bilingual. Her presentation will focus on the Afro-caribe culture and identity.
  • p.m. - Families will be invited to hear author, Asha Ntim, speak about self-love, identity, and the themes found in her books. (Along with students from Booker T. Washington and Garden Hills) 
  • 4:30pm: Black parents will be invited to a forum to discuss their hopes and dreams for their students and our school with Ms. Tate and Ms. Ward.
  • Each Monday during February, classrooms will have a shared reading opportunity with a title from our book list below. By the end of the month, students will have had the opportunity to hear each book in their classroom: Enough! 20 Protesters Who Changed America by Emily Easton,
    Kamala Harris Rooted in Justice by Nikki Grimes,
    The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander,  
    Sing a Song How Lift Every Voice and Sing Inspired Generations by Kelly Starling Lyons 

Celebrate NAAPID for the whole week!

  • Monday, Feb. 8th (NAAPID Day): Parents are invited to join their child's classroom for a class read aloud from a selection of books that address race, identity and diversity. The read aloud will be followed by a Video Dance Party hosted by DJ Fireproof.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 9th: Families are invited to a Hip Hop production and demo with an intro to freestyling and lyric writing by Lamont Holden & Adam Kruse (Founders of the Illinois School of Music's Summer Hip-Hop Camp) 
  •  Wednesday, Feb. 10th: Parent panel on "The Challenges of Remote school."
  •  Thursday, Feb. 11th: Zoom Cooking demonstration and discussion by local chef, Ms. Carrie Anderson


  • Door Prizes
  • Let’s Chat! Your Voice Matters at Robeson!

Who: Parents/Guardians of black or brown students.

K- 2nd parents - 5 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.
3rd- 5th parents - 6 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.

Where: Zoom (Use the link that will be sent to your email address and/or text)

Why: We want to know how we are doing and what we can do to make YOU and your child’s experience at Robeson the best!

Stratton calendar flyer here

  • 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Stratton Family Zoom Night! There will be a raffle give-away for those who attend!
  •  Students will present & share fun ideas and artifacts that celebrate black excellence
  • One hour of fun while getting to know families in a unique way!


  • 12 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. - Students and parents can participate in a number of activities.
  • Sing the National Black Anthem and enjoy a reading of the children’s book “Hey Black Child.”
  • Hear a read aloud of reflections from University of Illinois players. 
  • Students will sing and dance during the music spotlight
    *K-2nd graders will sing along to the song “Sing About Martin”
    *3rd-5th graders can dance to Charleston and Swing Dance music
    *All grades and families are invited to sing along together to “What A Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong
  • Highlight your business during the Family Business Spotlight


Edison Flyer

  • Book talks with honorary author Jewell Parker Rhodes on Feb. 9, 10 and 11. 
  • Cross-curricular lessons and activities 
  • Past, Present and Future virtual panel discussion 


  • Staff and students will perform a song, recite a poem and provide facts about Black History. 
  • Participants will receive gift cards.


  • All families will be invited to join classes via Zoom and sit in with students.
  • 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Enjoy a parent night hosted by Jefferson to celebrate our students.
  • Parents can learn about Jefferson resources like meal train, library book check out, contacting counselors, contacting admin and contacting tech support.
  • Students will present Flipgrid presentations about their education and how their parents take part in it.
  • Highlighted Flipgrids will be featured on the Jefferson website on NAPPID Day!. 


  •  Families are invited to listen to a reading of the Poem, “You So Black” read by Cessily Thomas, AVID/Spanish Teacher
  •  Learn about the history of NAPPID from Mia Lavizzo, Dean of Students

Central flyer here

  • 8 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Join the celebration on Zoom. The first 50 parents to register will receive a $5 gift card for a Black-owned business!

Event Program
8 a.m. Welcome by Derrick Cooper 

 8:05 a.m. Lift Every Voice and Sing/Poem by Jaliyah Nesbitt and Genesis Gebil

8:10 a.m. Update on Central Building Renovations with Joe Williams and Jane Stillman

8:15 a.m. Introduction of Guest Speaker by Dara’ Fenner

8:20 a.m. - 8:35 a.m. Guest Speaker, Ashley Deckart, Licensed Social Worker/Parent of Unit 4 student on “The Value of Parent Involvement”

8:35 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. Student Reflection

8:45 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Coffee and Conversation with Office Staff and Student Services

 9:15 a.m. - Closing Remarks/Appreciation by Dara’ Fenner

Celebration will close with a Black History Month Program video made by the African American Culture Club.

Novak Academy 

  • Parents and students are invited to join a Zoom session on “Race Talks”, hosted by Donna Tanner-Harold, M.S., L.P.C. of Parkland College and United Way.
  • The discussion will cover topics like race relations in America, Black history, why racism exists and how society can move forward.
  • Enjoy black history trivia.

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