School hosts block party


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — One school decided to take a different approach to its open house Thursday night.

Franklin Steam Academy combined its open house with a block party where the whole community was invited. They had food trucks, activities, prizes, booths and a DJ.

The principal said they had a traditional open house for about 20-25 minutes, and then moved outside to start the fun.

She said the new approach was all about community and family engagement.

“We decided that we wanted something more of an energy, family, just positive vibe for our open house this year,” said Sara Sanders, Franklin Steam Academy Principal. “And one of our school counselors, Danielle Gray, actually said, ‘Well, you know, block parties are just like, a pillar for a community.'”

This was their first annual block party. Sanders said she hopes even more people come out next year.

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