Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois

Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois is proud to remember the heroes of September 11, 2001. 

Community Action believes it is important to honor the service and sacrifices of police officers and firefighters on September 11, 2001.  Additionally, we feel that it is important for Community Action Head Start children to recognize the importance of police officers and firefighters in their community.  As Head Start children progress through school, they will continually see September 11, 2001 in history books.  We believe it’s important to give them an early start in learning the strength of our country in such a tragic time. 

In the days surrounding the 2011 National Day of Service and Remembrance,  ommunity Action Foster Grandparents will honor the police officers and firefighters who have served our country on and since September 11, 2001.  Foster Grandparents in
Community Action Head Start classrooms will discuss the importance of police
officers and firefighters in our community and what is means to be a hero.   They will discuss who their heroes are as they learn that heroes are admired for the bravery, courage, and noble qualities.  The Foster Grandparents will explain to the Head Start students how police officers and firefighters are heroes not only locally, but what a heroic role they played when such a tragedy impacted our entire country.  Foster Grandparents will encourage and assist the Head Start students in drawing pictures of their heroes-police officers and firefighters. 

The student drawings will then be presented to local police stations and fire stations for them to display for the community.  Press releases will be distributed and local news stations will be contacted in order to promote the activity.  Additionally, the National Day of Service and Remembrance events will be highlighted in Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois’ newsletter and on social media websites.

The planned activities for the National Day of Service and Remembrance will utilize fourteen volunteer Foster Grandparents in Head Start classrooms.  Their participation will be tracked with the Foster Grandparent timesheets.

Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois is a 501(c)(3) organization serving the low income and senior population of six Illinois counties.  Community Action offers a variety of services, including Head Start and the Foster Grandparent Program.  The Foster Grandparent Program matches income eligible seniors with children.  Foster
Grandparents provide love and individualized attention to children in Head Start classrooms, preschools, and public schools.  Head Start serves children ages 3-5,
including children with disabilities.