Welcome to Kids Plus

To provide students in the Champaign Unit 4 School District a child care alternative; providing a balance of recreation, educational and social opportunities for students. The Kids Plus program will complement the mission of the Champaign Unit 4 School District by following the policies and procedures set by the Board of Education and provide quality and age appropriate programs in a safe and supervised environment.

This month in the Champaign Unit 4 School District Kid Plus program, students activities are focusing on a celebration of books around African American stories that will help to inspire students to "let their dreams take flight!"

In addition to providing all Kids Plus sites with books and activities to share with our students this month, we are also scheduling speaker/readers from the community along with administrators within the district who have children in the program including Angela Smith, Assistant Superintendent for Achievement and Equity (Southside) and Orlando Thomas, Director of Achievement and Student Services (Barkstall).  Kids Plus administrator Tony Maltbia and director, Aushurra will also share with students. Audrey Mock, Family Information Center, and Javae Wright, Lead4Life will also share their talent and inspiration with students.

We kicked off our speaker presentations at Westview with a local international pilot for a major U.S. airline, Patrick Boadu (from Ghana) and shared the book about Bessie Coleman by Nikki Grimes, the first African American licensed pilot who served as an inspiration for Mr. Boadu as he dreamed of becoming a pilot.  He shared with students how Black History is History for all because we can all learn and be inspired by these stories of overcoming obstacles and teaching our dreams.  It was a very inquisitive group and many shared their dreams.

Westview is the first of 12 schools who will be receiving visitors throughout the month including local musician Nate Banks, artist Jessie Knox, and University of Illinois Professor of Psychology, Carla Hunter.  All will share books that inspire from within their chosen field and encourage students to never give up on their dreams.  The dates and schools for each of these speaker/readers can be obtained by contacting Izona Burgess at burgesiz@u4sd.org or calling Kids Plus at 217-351-3719.

Kids Plus Address Location: 

The Kids Plus Program Office is located at 1103 N. Neil Street (on the corner of Neil and Bradley Avenue in Champaign) in the historic Columbia School building.

Kids Plus Program Office 
1103 North Neil Street p (217) 351-3719 
Champaign, IL 61820 f (217) 352-7960

**Registrations and payments accepted ONLY at the Program Office**

Important Dates

Please note these important dates:

Balanced Calendar

February 20 - President's Day - No School & No Kids Plus Program
March 9 - No School - Days Out Program at Barkstall
March 10 - No School - Days Out Program at Barkstall
March 13-31 - Spring Intersession Program
April 14 - Spring Holiday - No School & No Kids Plus
April 17 - Spring Holiday - No School & No Kids Plus
May 29 - Memorial Day Observed - No School & No Kids Plus

Regular Calendar

February 20 - President's Day - No School & No Kids Plus Program
March 16 - School Improvement Day - No School - Days Out Program at Bottenfield
March 17 - Parent Teacher Conference - No School - Days Out Program at Bottenfield
March 20-24 - Spring Break Program at Westview
April 14 - Spring Holiday - No School & No Kids Plus
April 17 - Spring Holiday - No School & No Kids Plus
May 29 - Memorial Day Observed - No School & No Kids Plus

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