Coalition of Involved African American Parents

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Happy Spring, CIAAP family! We are excited for the new season and all that it brings. As you know, elementary students have safely returned to campus for in-person learning to finish out the 2020-21 academic year, and middle and high schools will soon follow. For those of you who opted for hybrid learning, we hope that this is a smooth transition for you, and that your students continue to thrive.

Have a safe, healthy, and happy Spring!


On Saturday, March 27, 2021, CIAAP partnered with the City of Long Beach Black Health Equity Fund (BHEF), Project Optimism, Agape Children's Museum, and April Parker Foundation (APF) to distribute COVID Care Kits to Black families in the city of Long Beach.

“We are doing our part to invest in the Long Beach African American community, by

providing them with the resources they need to stay healthy, protect their families, and slow

the spread,” said a spokesperson from APF. “It’s no secret that COVID-19 has presented

massive challenges for our community residents, which is why we are stepping in with a

coalition ready to make a difference.”

Each COVID Care Kit included a handheld inferred thermometer, disposable black

masks, children’s masks, sanitizing wipes, hand sanitizer, and self-care products provided by EDEN Bodyworks, Inc., a black-owned all-natural hair and skincare brand. Project Optimism also provided kits containing blue light glasses, disposable face masks, wipes, and

children’s masks; and Agape Children's Museum handed out personal protective equipment and Corona and Glitter, a book written by Marsha Lynn Bullock.

"We were so happy to take part in such a positive community event by distributing over 1,000 COVID Care Kits to our families," said Dr. Kimberly Johnson, CIAAP Coordinator.


"I'm rooting for everybody Black." --Issa Rae

Best known for her Emmy-nominated television show Insecure, Issa Rae first came onto the scene with her YouTube series “Awkward Black Girl” in 2011, which she later turned into a New York Times bestselling book called The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl in 2015. Now the actor/writer/producer has become a true media mogul, having launched a record label called Raedio in 2019, her production company, Hoorae, in 2020, and inking an 8-figure deal with Warner Media in 2021. While she was busy building her empire, Rae starred in several films and television shows, including Little, The Photograph, and The Black Lady Sketch Show, and she currently has multiple projects in the works.

Along the way, the star has received accolades for her work on Insecure and the “Awkward Black Girl” web series that helped launch her career: a Shorty Award for Best Web Series in 2012, a BET Award for best actress in 2020, and most recently, the 2021 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series. Additionally, Rae was included in the Time 100 list of most influential people in the world in 2018.

When she's not making films, writing scripts, or producing soundtracks, Rae uses her platform to speak out against and educate people about police brutality and violence against Black people.

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Be sure to mark your calendars with these important dates.

In-person learning for middle and high schools begins:
  • April 19: Grade 12
  • April 20: Grades 6 to 8
  • April 26: Grades 9-11

CIAAP Meetings

  • Thursday, April 22, 2021 from 6:00PM-7:15PM
  • Thursday, May 20, 2021 from 6:00PM-7:15PM

We look forward to having you in attendance via Zoom.

Special Education Community Advisory Committee Meetings

  • Wednesday April 21, 2021 from 6:00PM - 8:00PM: CAC - Special Education Community Advisory Committee
  • Wednesday May 12, 2021 from 6:00PM - 8:00PM: CAC - Special Education Community Advisory Committee

For more details, visit

Open House

  • May 18: Elementary Schools
  • May 19: Middle Schools
  • May 20: High Schools

Celebrate Spring With the Family

Spring has sprung, and the gorgeous weather we've been experiencing in Long Beach is proof of that! To celebrate the arrival of spring, get the whole family involved with one (or all) of these three activities.

Plant a garden.

Gardening is the ultimate springtime activity, and adding flowers to your backyard, front porch, or balcony is the perfect way to welcome the new season. Head to your local home store and pick out some colorful blooms, then let the kids get their hands dirty by planting them in the yard or in pretty pots to put around the house.

Get some fresh air.

If it seems like we've been stuck indoors for a year, it's because we have. Now it's time to get outside (safely, and with masks of course!). Go for a family bike ride, have a picnic in the park, or enjoy some time at the beach this season.

Do some spring cleaning.

Spring is all about new beginnings, and there's no better time to declutter, organize, and freshen up closets and cabinets. Get the whole family involved by putting on some good music and opening the windows to let in a fresh breeze. A promise of ice cream afterward won't hurt either.

The Ninette Richardson Scholarship

CIAAP will be offering the first scholarship named for the creator of the Concerned African American Parent group (CAAP), Ninette Richardson.

Scholarship Criteria

  • Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher
  • A current LBUSD college bound 12th grade student
  • Complete the scholarship application
  • Upload official high school transcripts
  • Submit Letter of Recommendation (optional due to COVID 19 Restrictions) from a teacher, counselor, principal, coach, minister or other community leader who can attest to your character

Submission Instructions:

1. Completed Application

2. Supporting documents

  • Transcript (required)
  • Letter of Recommendation (optional)

3. All items must be received by 4:00pm on or before Monday, May 10, 2021

Link to application: