The Arundel Bay Area Chapter participates in several chapter-wide events each year to celebrate families, embrace our culture, and support National Jack and Jill initiatives.
Jack and Jill Day
Every September, our Chapter ‘kicks off’ the program year with a family outing. The celebration of Jack and Jill Day began in 1948 under the direction of Dorothy Wright our first National President; the concept was that this day would be our family round-up time. This event allows members to reconnect after the summer break and get the program year off to a great start.
Carole Robertson Commemorative
Carole Robertson Day is in memory of Carole who was a member of the teen group in the Birmingham, AL chapter. She was killed in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing on September 15, 1963. At our National Convention in San Francisco, it was decided by resolution that all chapters would honor her in September with an activity that would highlight the goals of human rights, civil rights, racial harmony that Carole, and three other little girls who were killed in the bombing, did not live to enjoy. She was 14 years of age at her death and she was at the church preparing to march for civil rights with other youth that day. Her mother was the regional director for the Southeastern region.
We host an annual Kwanzaa celebration in December to celebrate family, community and culture. The celebration allows us to learn about our culture and fellowship with one another. This festive evening typically includes a discussion of the Kwanzaa principles, review of Afro-centric artifacts, creation of crafts, and engaging entertainment, as we break bread together.
Black History Month
Arundel Bay Area comes together during Black History Month to celebrate the richness of the African-American culture. Families participate in a variety of activities to celebrate African-American contributions to society, learn something new about our history, and empower our children to feel a sense of pride in our heritage.
AIM Fitness Day
The AIM Fitness Day incorporates fun and fitness for ABA families and the community, and supports the National AIM for Healthy Living initiative. The goal of this initiative is to address the various factors leading to childhood obesity and unhealthy lifestyles. Arundel Bay Area supports AIM for Healthy Living through this chapter-wide event, as well as by incorporating healthy nutrition and physical activity into our programming.
National Black Family Day
National Black Family Day is celebrated by all Jack and Jill chapters in May to promote the solidarity of the family with events such as family cookouts, family worship, family communication, workshops, or community service to non-traditional families in the community.
Celebrating Excellence, held at the end of each programming year, highlights the achievements of our children, with a special emphasis on graduating teens and children advancing to the next cluster.
In addition to these chapter-wide events, children participate in monthly age-appropriate educational, cultural, recreational, or social activities to stimulate their growth and development.