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Yankee Ridge celebrates African American Read-In

February 11th, 2016

Yankee Ridge held it’s annual African American Read-In on Monday, February 8th. This event was created many years ago by long-time Yankee Ridge Librarian, Dorothy Vickers-Shelley.

On the morning of February 8th, twelve African American men from the larger Urbana-Champaign community visited Yankee Ridge classrooms. They each joined a class to read literature to the students written by African American authors. Some of these community members have been participating in this event and reading to Yankee Ridge students for many years.  We give a big #TigerPawOfThanks to our many volunteers who come year after year, and some who just started.


Yankee Ridge Students Celebrate the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 27th, 2016

On Thursday, January 14th, 2016, Yankee Ridge students gathered to celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. His legacy was discussed in classrooms throughout the building as well. The assembly began with the entire school singing “Lift Every Voice and Sing” and ended with Ms. Booth’s 1st graders leading an all school sing of “We Shall Overcome.” Additional songs and dances were provided by Ms. Booth’s 1st graders, Mrs. Kaiser’s 4th graders, and a volunteer group of 5th graders under the direction of our Elementary Fine Arts, Dance teacher, Mrs. Allen. In addition, two of our 1st and 2nd grade students shared a poem about Dr. King.


Yankee Ridge volunteers are amazing

April 28th, 2015

Volunteers are a welcome and valued part of Yankee Ridge Elementary.  They help make our school better in many different ways, and our staff and students really appreciate all they do to make our school outstanding. Volunteers help in a wide variety of ways:

  • Yankee Ridge PTA sponsors many activities including the After-school Enrichment Program, Battle of the Books, the Giving Project, bi-annual book fairs, a family friendly Sock Hop, Family Movie Night, Jr. Scientist Day, Fitness and Fun Day, a book exchange program and much more. Read the rest of this entry »

Inspire a Child to Dream Day – 2015 Edition

March 17th, 2015

On Thursday, January 29, community leaders from all over the Urbana-Champaign area came to Yankee Ridge Elementary to Inspire a Child to Dream.

Patti Pattison, Community Involvement Coordinator with Yankee Ridge, wanted to find different community members to come talk with the YR students.  We asked presenters from all walks of life to come and talk about how they worked to attain their personal dream, and why they enjoy doing what they do,” said Pattison. “Our goal is to expand the horizons of what a child thinks is possible.”

A number of community members, business owners, even a Yankee Ridge teacher answered the call and came out to speak with the students.  From 9:00am until 2:30 pm, students in all grade levels learned about working at a museum, how to sew, even what it’s like to be 17 years old and opening up your own furniture store. Through out the day, presenters inspired the dreamers.

Yankee Ridge would like to thank the following presenters for taking the time to inspire our students to dream: Elaine C. Oldham, Fantasy Art – www.dreamlightgraphics.com; Holly Curia, Red Herring, chef and community organizer; Maggie Taylor, Yoga instructor; Nicole Bridges,Prosperity Garden; Rick Raven UI, UI  Head Athletic Equipment Manager; Mike Namoff, This Is It Furniture; Scott Schwartz,  Music Archivist; Director, Sousa Archives and Center for American Music; Marten Stromberg,    Musician, Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Illinois; Caroline Szylowicz, Kolb-Proust Librarian, Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts, UI; Natalie K. Marquez, Marketing Coordinator &Director of Urbana’s Market at the Square; Susan Voskuil,  Education Program Specialist, Museum of the Grand Prairie; Jim Nudera, UI Junior, Political Science, Football tight end; Michael Martin, University of Illinois Sophomore, Mechanical Engineer, Football long snapper; Dorothy Gable, Fabric crafter, Yankee Ridge staff member.

NAAPID 2015 – “Help Create Our Masterpiece”

February 18th, 2015

photo 1.JPGNational African American Parent Involvement Day (NAAPID) was celebrated nation-wide on Monday, February 9th, 2015.  It was inspired by the Million Man March, and was created to encourage parents to practice the goals of NAAPID.  These goals include promoting African American parent involvement in their child’s education; promoting and providing strategies for African American parents and students to take advantage of the educational process; identifying and developing partnership efforts between all areas of the community (businesses, schools, homes, etc.); and to establish an annual National African American Parent Involvement Day celebration on the second Monday in February.  (taken in part from http://www.aaregistry.org/historic_events/view/naapid-day-family-bonding)

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At Yankee Ridge, all families are invited to attend our NAAPID celebration.  The activities are sponsored by the Yankee Ridge PTA and Title one, a federally funded program.  The afternoon started with parents enjoying a pizza lunch with their children. After lunch, families worked on a craft together and as a community, built our masterpiece titled, “We are each unique, but together we are a masterpiece”.  Parents and children each colored a handprint that represented their individual selves.  Together, the handprints were collected and were arranged to create a flower- our own “work of art”. Pictured is the final masterpiece that is hanging in the hallway near the main office.

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