This is part of a series of blogs from Noble campus representatives to give a deeper look at campus life.

UIC College Prep celebrated the first week of school with a block party. Students, families and staff gathered to enjoy fun games, music, and of course food!

“It was as if we weren't remote for over a year."

– Carlos Rivas, Alumni & External Affairs Manager, UIC College Prep

The school community was so excited to celebrate their return to in-person learning.

“It was great to see our students interact on our first day. After 18 months out of the building, I was excited to see our students develop strong relationships and have fun!” Carlos Rivas, the Alumni & External Affairs Manager at UIC College Prep, said, “It was as if we weren’t remote for over a year.” 

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Staff knew students would need some time to decompress after the first day of school to build community and reconnect after so many months of remote learning, so the block party was born!

“The block party is similar to our field day on the last day of school, a tradition we’ve had for many years. I hope we keep starting the school year with fun and laughter,” Rivas said.

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The best part of the event, students said, was the DJ. Students learned some tricks from the DJ and requested their favorite songs. And then when the long-time classic line dance, Cupid Shuffle, came on students were ready to shuffle. And so were the staff!

Check out the video below to see UIC College Prep staff and students grooving — can you see their principal, Dalonte Burns, stealing the show? 

#FirecatNation ready to take on the school year!

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