Monday February 8, 2016 from 7:15 AM to 1:30 PM PST
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South Shore PreK-8 School 
4800 S. Henderson St.
Seattle, WA 98118

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Anthony Shoecraft - ashoecraft@ccedresults.org 
Community Center for Education Results 

100 Black Men for NAAPID Celebration 2016 


South Shore PreK-8 School has honored National African American Involvement Day (NAAPID) since 2007. On Monday, Feb. 8, students, families, community members and staff are invited to continue this tradition by engaging in a program that will feature a number of exciting activities, including:

  • Food
  • Drumming and song
  • Guest speakers (community, school and district)
  • "100 Black men" enthusiastic high-fiving greeters as students enter the building
  • Black parent-principal fellowship hour
  • School tours, classroom observations and learning walks
  • Red, black and green decor
  • Historically Black college/university banner visibility
  • Black parent caucusing and dialogues

The goals of NAAPID are to:

  1. Promote family engagement in their child's education at South Shore PreK-8
  2. Bridge and strengthen school-family relationships
  3. Identify ways to address the serious opportunity gap facing children of African descent at South Shore and in Seattle Public Schools

THE GOAL:  The goal is to #ChangeTheNarrative by 1. Displaying and exposing children to the diversity of Black male excellence. 2. Affirming the importance of educational equity by celebrating children and families of African descent. 3. Catalyzing regional adoption of this holiday at other schools, school districts and communities.

VISION: Unapologetic promotion of positive Black male imagery: 100 men of African descent—who are in and from the community—representing a diversity of hues, professions and stories enthusiastically high fiving students as they enter the building to start their day.

ATTENDANCE & PARTICIPATION: Being a man of African descent is the only participation requirement for the "100" portion -- not being a parent, affiliated with South Shore, etc. The National African-American Parent Involvement Day (NAAPID) program is open to the community.

PROGRAM (7 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.):  Food (breakfast and lunch), song and dance; red, black and green décor; HBCU banners posted around the school; parent caucus and fellowship; youth and community panel discussions; remarks from Seattle Public Schools superintendent; keynote speaker; African drumming; learning tours and classroom observations and more. The "100" will kick off the day.

EVENT BACKGROUND:  I'm a proud South Shore parent, father of beautiful Black children, passionate advocate for educational equity, and native son of this community. Like you, I reject the national discourse around Black men, our bodies and our families. I decided to organize  #100BlackMenSeattle to welcome South Shore students to school with enthusiastic high fives for its 8th annual celebration of NAAPID, a national holiday recognized annually on the second Monday in February. This is my contribution to #ChangeTheNarrative.