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Free Wave: VIP Access for Back to School Success to be held at Crystal Lake Park on Wednesday, August 16, 5:30-8p.

Urbana Park District and others to host free field and pool event to distribute school supplies, grooming services, literacy guides for all ages, and family resources for CU families. 

URBANA, JULY 10, 2017 /Champion Diaries/ -- In the Champaign-Urbana community, there are organizations and leaders who want to influence a wave of students who value literacy, activity, and family engagement. And in that same motion, will distribute school supplies, grooming services, teen driving safety guides, and information to families who otherwise would not be able to afford them on this same evening. This is the FREE WAVE: VIP Access for Back to School Success, #FWU.


Thanks to the Urbana and Champaign Park Districts, USD116 and Unit 4 Schools, Dream Girls Academy and the NAACP of Champaign County, the Urbana Free Library, State Farm Agent Joe Stovall, Triple T Carwash & Lube, First String Sports, and many others in this community, students will receive the necessary supplies, services and resources to sustain them throughout the school year. We are seeking others to join our vending list with pens and pencils, highlighters, notebooks, loose leaf paper, folders, binders, markers, crayons, facial tissue, hand sanitizer, water bottles and rulers. 


Another wave #FWU wants to address is the engagement of families in the schools. Whether it is better communication with the teachers and administration, more support with the child’s learning and studying habits, or becoming active members of the PTSA, we want to influence instrumental change by creating a consistent, strong, and united front, to ensure academic success. Businesses and individuals can become a school sponsor, and reserve space at FREE WAVE to represent and engage with the families.


There will be academic professionals from each district at this event who pursue the same goal everyday, and that is to produce students who will positively impact our future. To reserve VIP tickets, join our vending list, or become a sponsor, please visit www.championdiaries.com/freewave, or any of our listed partners. A limited amount of tickets and space are available, so please RSVP by August 1, 11:59p.


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Dream Girls Academy, NAACP to host 3-time Ohio Valley Emmy Winner De'Niel Phipps at the City of Champaign Township, June 10 and 11.

Talented youth of Champaign-Urbana will attend a free industry workshop to learn development and training skills, ranging from modeling, to marketing, writing, videography and entertainment technology.


CHAMPAIGN-URBANA, MAY 29, 2017 / Champion Diaries/ -- As a 2008, 2014, 2015 Emmy Award Winner, a 11 time nominated Director, Cinematographer, and Post-Production Editor, De'Niel Phipps has made his mark in the film and television industry for the past 15 years... Having this opportunity while young charted the path that allowed him to follow his dreams. [www.borntodpfilms.com]


From the desk of De’Niel Phipps, his passion for film has blossomed into a practice for inspiring, motivating, mentoring and educating the youth on the ins and outs of the entertainment industry. This workshop will light a fire to those students with such bright and burning initiatives to get about their business now. Professionalism is key to building a career, and is supported though a good foundation. This film camp will be a good foundation.


Thanks to the local NAACP chapter students not only attend for free, but will also receive hands-on instruction in:

  1. Filmmaking
  2. Video & Technology
  3. Television
  4. Music Industry
  5. Acting
  6. Marketing and Brand Awareness
  7. Writing
  8. Choreography
  9. Makeup, Styling and Modeling 


Students will also be delivering a short film from this camp, as content to add to their portfolios before graduating high school.


For more on the Champaign County NAACP: www.naacpcc.org

For more on De’Niel Phipps, Filmmaker: www.borntodpfilms.com


Champaign Campaign 2017

From the desk of Smile Politely, read more on the mission and work for our annual campaign in Champaign-Urbana.

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