Sweet On School Dance at Hiawatha

The 10th annual “Sweet On School Dance” in support of public education will be held on Friday, February 28 from 4-6:30 PM at Hiawatha Community School, 4201 42 Av. S. in Minneapolis and will be broadcast live over community radio KFAI at 90.3 and 106.7 FM and on the web at kfai.org.

This event was created as an opportunity for the public to come together to celebrate the people who contribute to making our schools successful and strong. As always, children from across the metropolitan area and other special guests will be invited on air to use the mighty megaphone of community radio to tell the world their reasons for being “Sweet On School”.

This event will be co-hosted by Lolly Obeda of KFAI’s “Sugar Shop” and Miss Lily, now a mighty high school senior. Music will encompass the Sugar Shop’s usual format of blues, rhythm and blues and sweet soul with a focus on celebrating love, learning and unity. Snacks and treats will be available for sale by the Hiawatha PTO.

This event is free and open to the public. Generous support has been provided by Friends of Sweet On School. Children must be accompanied by a parent or adult. Those who cannot attend in person can join us on the radio at 90.3 and 106.7 FM or at kfai.org.

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The first Sweet On School Dance in Support of Public Education was held in February of 2005 in response to the many challenging situations that our public schools were experiencing. It was offered as a means to celebrate the triumphs and victories that were being produced in our schools every day in spite of the difficulties we faced. We wanted to provide an opportunity for our kids to publicly express the positive ideas and feelings that they had about school.

Hiawatha Community School was chosen as a venue based on the warm and welcoming atmosphere, the can do attitude of the PTO, staff and administration, and my own personal connection as the mother of a 3rd grader and as a former student at Hiawatha. It has proven to be the ideal location and has fostered a strong connection between Hiawatha, KFAI and the greater community.

Past special guests have included former Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak, Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin, State Representative Jim Davnie, MPS Superintendents Bill Green and Dr. Bernadeia Johnson, many current and former MPS School Board Directors, teachers, KFAI DJs and students from across the metro area.  

Over the past nine years, the voices of hundreds of students from dozens of schools have been heard loud and clear by tens of thousands of public radio listeners. I have been delighted by the individual stories and comments of each child. I cannot count how many times I have been told that school was “great” that day. The public dialogue that has emerged has empowered our students and enlightened our community. The message: School is valuable to us and benefits us in a myriad of ways. The response: We are listening to you and will do all we can to help you succeed.

Sweet On School Manifesto

   With gratitude to our amazing teachers and staff who show up every day to teach as well as nurture, guide and inspire our kids;

   In honor of our principals, administrators and directors who struggle to make ends meet when no end is in sight;

   With thanks to the communities, community members and businesses who recognize their stake in the futures of our children;

    In recognition of the parents and families who endlessly volunteer their time, money and talents, and who send their kids to school every day ready to learn and grow;

   And mostly for our awesome, beautiful children who will reap the rewards of all you do;

   Today is for you. Thanks for being “sweet on school”.

Lolly Obeda

The Sugar Shop

KFAI Community Radio

90.3/106.7 FM