Frederick Douglass School celebrates back-to-school with block party


Frederick Douglass School in Walnut Hills kicked off its school year with students, parents and community partners with a block party featuring lots of entertainment, food and fun.

DJ Sean Solomon keeps the block party going.

Frederick Douglass is one of nine schools launching a specialized program for the 2017-2018 school year through Cincinnati Public Schools’ (CPS) Vision 2020: My Tomorrow program. Students, parents and community members collaborated to select Contemplative Arts and Sciences as the school’s specialized program of choice. By integrating the arts and movement with projects that pose real-life challenges, students will learn to think creatively, critically and compassionately.

“We just want them to be excited. We’re giving the students book bags and school supplies,” said Hall, “and, of course, we want the parents to be excited, too.”

Hop Scotch was just one of many activities students enjoyed.

It was hard not to feel the school’s excitement with performances by Lil Donna, the Step Program Step Team, DJ Sean Soloman and the Withrow University High School drill team. Organizations, such as the United Way and Mercy Neighborhood Ministries, Inc., were on hand to greet parents and students, as well.

“We want to become the number one elementary school in the state of Ohio,” said Hall. “Vision 2020 gives us the opportunity to do that, while incorporating the arts and the sciences.”

Amid all the other activities, Principal Hall also cut a ribbon in front of the school to symbolize the school’s new direction with its Vision 2020 program.

The event brought out many from the community, including these future students.

“I’m convinced we can’t do things the traditional way because that’s not working,” said Hall. “We have to be creative and let the students think outside the box and move around and be themselves.”

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