Updated at 8:30 a.m. Thursday
CHAMPAIGN — A Community Coalition neighborhood walk and the next Supper with the Superintendent are scheduled for Thursday evening.
The Douglass Park neighborhood walk is scheduled from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
Following it will be the second Supper with the Superintendent event, at 6:30 p.m. in the gym of Booker T. Washington STEM Academy, 606 E. Grove St., C. Supper will feature a light meal, dessert prepared by Centennial High School's advanced foods class and entertainment by Centennial's Expressions Choir, along with conversation with Champaign Superintendent Judy Wiegand.
The Community Coalition walk will feature volunteers knocking on the doors of families with students in Champaign schools, hoping to inform residents of "collaborative community efforts to improve the lives of youth and their families and to share information about summer programs for youth in the community," according to a news release from the school district.
Volunteers will meet at 5 p.m. at the Washington STEM Academy for a brief training session.
Champaign Police Chief Anthony Cobb and Wiegand will lead the event, and those participating will include volunteers from the city of Champaign, Champaign schools, the Champaign Park District and other community organizations.
Those include Operation Hope, Community Matters, Project ACCESS, CU Area Project, the state's attorney's office, Family Advocacy, United Way of Champaign County, the NAACP, CU One-to-One Mentoring, Girl Scouts, Coronel Bilingual Services and Urbana police, along with some individual community members and pastors of local churches.
"Our community has a lot to offer young people, and it is especially important during the summer months to give families the information they need to keep kids safe and engaged in constructive activities," said Orlando Thomas, co-chairman for the youth development goal of the Community Coalition. Thomas is also director of achievement and pupil services for Champaign schools.