Each year on June 19, we observe Juneteenth, a day commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. It’s a great time for families to gather together, reflect on the past, and share hope for the future. Below are just a few great ways to help you and your family join in the celebration.
- Talk About It – Dr. Aisha White from the Office of Child Development at the University of Pittsburgh gives great advice on How to Talk to Children about Juneteenth.
- Read About It – New York Public Library has put together a great list of books to help young people learn more about Juneteenth. Plus, they have Virtual Juneteenth Storytimes for kids, as well as a ton of Juneteenth events and resources for adults.
- Learn About It – The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture is offering amazing virtual Juneteenth events all week long. Hear stories of slavery, dive into genealogy, chat about barbecue, and more!
- Get In On It – Find local Juneteenth celebrations and join in the fun! A quick internet search will pull up events in your area. Here are a few in our neck of the woods (Greater Peoria Area):
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Emily Schoenfelder joined the Illinois 4-H team in 2017. Prior to this, she began her work in positive youth development with California 4-H and the YMCA. She specializes in STEM engagement, social-emotional development, and educator professional development.
She received a master of science degree in recreation, park, and tourism administration from Western Illinois University.
When she is not leading a training, writing curriculum, or developing new partnerships, you may find Emily sitting on the floor of her office, building marshmallow catapults out of popsicle sticks or designing mazes for robots for her next STEM program.
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