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Summer Enrichment Extravaganza donations sought

March 19th, 2014

A new program at King Elementary will have their students continuing to build their academic skills over the summer holiday.  The Summer Enrichment Extravaganza will have students reading during the break and King Elementary is asking for donations from the community to help make the program a success.

In a recent letter to the community, King Principal Dionne Webster outlined a Summer Enrichment Extravaganza program.  Mrs. Webster wrote that the “purpose of this event is to provide our students with educational activities over the summer to continue to build upon the academic skills they acquired this school year, and to provide students and families with a preview of the skills they will need for the upcoming school year.”   The school will partner with a number of community groups and organizations to provide the materials the students and their families need to participate.  King Elementary is looking for donations to help purchase challenging high interests texts for their students.

If you are interested in making a donation or would like additional information, please contact King Elementary at 217-384-3675.


Preston Jackson Sculpture in honor of Dr. King

February 21st, 2014

King Elementary School was honored recently by the installation of a sculpture through the Urbana Public Arts Commission in King Park.  Artist Preston Jackson of Peoria was commissioned to create a sculpture in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. and his work in the Civil Rights Movement.  The sculpture was placed in King Park by Lincoln Avenue in Urbana.

Prior to the installation, USD Elementary Fine Arts teachers, Cara Maurizi (music) and Sarah Tavis (art) presented ideas to celebrate it’s dedication and these were approved by the Arts commission in October, 2013.  Both teachers created lessons that began in the fall and culminated in a celebration on January 24, 2014. Students at King school started learning about civil rights in their classrooms as well as in Fine Arts classes.  Studies included guitars, protest songs, quilt squares and sculptures.  All King students then participated in a program that included music and artwork from the civil rights movement.  As part of the study, several special guests came to King school, including Scott Schwartz and Marten Stromberg, who helped teach songs, Ryan Groff who helped the students learn guitar and Gladys Pope who gave a moving speech about what it was like to live during the civil rights era.  It was a moving assembly and great tribute to the work of Martin Luther King Jr.


King School benefits from McTeacher Night

February 11th, 2014

King students, their families, and the community came out in support of King Elementary School on Wednesday November 20, 2013 for King McTeacher night at a local McDonalds restaurant.

From 5 to 7pm that evening, teachers and staff from King served up the food at the McDonalds on Cunningham Ave. in Urbana. The school received 20% of all sales for the evening.  The money raised will be used to purchase Promethean Boards for classrooms.


吉慶有餘 – King students, teachers, and community celebrate the New Year!

February 10th, 2014

On Friday, January 31st, the Chinese classes gave a performance in celebration of Lunar New Year during the building Community meeting. The celebration will included several classes with a number of grade levels represented. They performed for the whole student body, teachers and community members.

The teachers and students involved with the celebration worked very hard for weeks and they were very excited to share these performances with everyone.


Career and Community Resource Fair

October 17th, 2013

The Parent Teacher Organization/PTO at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School hosted its first Career and Community Resource Fair on Thursday, October 10th in the gymnasium at King School.  Students had the opportunity to learn about specific careers, and parents received valuable community resource information from local agencies such as the Urbana Free Library, Access Initiative, Smile Healthy, The Urbana Park District, The Urbana Health Center, Urbana Adult Education, Parkland College, Eastern Illinois University, etc.

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