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Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School. Urbana, IL. English-- 174 Other Languages-- 113. Other Facts About King Students. Student Locations. picture is done, paste here with heading. Preconceptions About Community. - not a safe neighborhood

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Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School

Urbana, IL


English-- 174

Other Languages-- 113


Other Facts About King Students


Student Locations

picture is done, paste here with heading


Preconceptions About Community

- not a safe neighborhood

- unsure about how diversity affects education

- low parent involvement b/c of low SES

+ Community Days

+ United Nations Day

+ P.B.I.S.

+ P.T.O.

+ Links to Learning


Monetary and Material Resources

University of Illinois


The University of Illinois

  • Summer camps for children

  • After School Arts Program (ASAP)

  • Youth Literature Festival

  • Japan House

  • Parents who attend U of I

  • CUMTD buses


Carle Hospital

  • Benefactors from Carle raised money to install a rock wall in the King gymnasium

  • Community Care Discount Program

    • for "medically necessary services"

    • provide discounts, help determine best payment method/plan, solves any problems with insurance

    • applications available at hospital in both English and Spanish

    • eligibility based on family size and income (chart on next slide)


Community Care Discount Program


ACCESS Initiative

  • Champaign County, Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration, Illinois Department of Human Services, and Champaign County Mental Health Board

  • Work with Urbana Unit 116 Schools and other local institutes

  • Help youth impacted by juvenile justice system or who have social/emotional/behavioral problems

  • Youth Planning Board--young leaders represent the youth voice

  • Youth Engagers--experts from major areas of focus, who advocate for youth issues and provide guidance

  • Family Leadership--family support and education

  • Parents Promoting Presence Network--parent representatives affected by these issues


Physical Spaces

King Park

  • Located next to King School

  • Use for class work (insect collections)

  • Open daily, from dawn to dusk

  • Parking available next to King School, with CUMTD stops nearby

  • Includes: play areas, sports fields/courts, picnic area/pavilion


Busey Woods

  • 59 acre forest preserve with trails and ponds

  • open daily from dawn to dusk

  • 1970 Urbana Park District began to use and manage the woods

  • since the early 90s, the park district has worked hard to bring the woods to a more natural state


ESL Programs in

Urbana & Champaign

  • English Center USA - (located at the University YMCA on campus) offers full-time and part-time programs designed to develop English communication skills

  • Project READ (thru Parkland) - free tutoring service for adult learners to improve reading & writing; tutor in public locations

  • Urbana Adult Education Program - (located north of Downtown Urbana) offers classes that focus on listening, speaking, reading and writing from beginning to advanced levels


Links to Learning

  • Teachers highlight learning standards for parents

  • Becomes interactive and supportive for students in literacy, math, and other content areas

  • Displayed around the hallways in school


Douglass Community Center

  • Located right by the Champaign Public Library

  • Open 7 days a week - utilized by many King students & families

  • Fully equipped with a full-size gym with 6 basketball hoops and a stage

  • Used for informal and organized programs & activities

  • Originally established in 1941 to raise funds for facilities in the black's community due to segregation at the time

  • Gov't agreed to offer a federal grant in 1943 and the new facility was completed in 1945


Champaign Public Library

Douglass Branch

  • Located in Douglass Park

  • Open Mondays through Saturdays

  • Offers many services as the Main Library - free events for all ages, public computers with Internet access, a large meeting room, etc.

  • Different programs available - cooking classes, book clubs, storytimes, etc.

  • First organized in 1970 in the Douglass Community Center, and named after Frederick Douglass

  • Moved to another building in 1997 which allowed for more storage space


Family Resiliency Center

  • Located on Nevada Street near CRCE

  • Dedicated to help families with life's challenges

  • Centers on 4 themes:

    • Child & Family Health and Wellbeing

    • Child Care as a Resource

    • Immigrant Families and their children

    • Positive Child & Youth Development


Immigration Clinic at Carle

  • Helps provide the necessary documentation needed to change immigration status

  • Must be tested for tuberculosis and syphilis

  • Reviews personal and family medical history, especially issues with substance abuse

  • Offers assistance in bill payments through their Discount Program based on the family's income and other insurance payments, like mentioned earlier


East Central Illinois

Refugee & Mutual Assistance Center

  • Main purpose is to help the resettlement of refugees and immigrants, (regardless of country or origin) in the East-Central Illinois area

  • Help preserve their cultures

  • Some of the offered services include:

    • ESL tutoring

    • Assistance in completing paperwork needed for citizenship, residency, family reunification, etc.

    • Community education about immigrant and refugee issues in the Champaign County

    • Counseling


C-U Immigration Forum

  • Online blog @ http://immigration-forum.blogspot.com/

  • Made up of a group of immigrants, students, service providers, labor union reps, local residents, and community organizers who are concerned about the immigrants in our community

  • Celebrate the diversity & culture that immigrants bring to the community

  • Help advocate for rights of immigrants and promote positive changes that will hopefully improve the quality of life in their community

  • Hold community meetings to talk about different issues regarding policy changes for immigrants


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