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Celebrating Black History

By February 18, 2021All Programs

Every February, people in the United States celebrate the achievements and history of African Americans as part of Black History Month.

From National Geographic Kids: This month was chosen because it includes the birthdays of both Frederick Douglass, an abolitionist (someone who wanted to end the practice of enslaving people), and former U.S. president Abraham Lincoln. President Lincoln led the United States during the Civil War, which was primarily fought over the enslavement of Black people in the country.  Black History Month continues the discussion of Black people and their contributions through activities such as museum exhibits and film screenings, and by encouraging the study of achievements by African Americans year-round.” 

Upper Elementary

While mindfully incorporating Black history into our year-long curriculums, Upper Elementary students are spending this month highlighting critical texts that celebrate Black accomplishments. They have also devoted their schedule to a daily listening of the audiobook: 28 Days: Moments in Black History That Changed The World by Charles R. Smith Jr.
In Gifts and Challenges class, the 3rd and 4th grade students are learning about anti-racism, activism, and change-making through the lens of Ruby Bridges, the first Black child to desegregate an all-white school in 1960 during the Civil Rights Movement.

Lower Elementary

In response to discussions centered around both Black History Month and Valentine’s Day, the LE students created a special surprise for their parents. They created an audiobook centered around the idea that, the number one holds a tremendous amount of power. One brave person who stands up, one kind message that we can give to someone else, one community that works together for a common goal. Enjoy these heartfelt sentiments from the students.
The Power of One


The Primary children have enjoyed many fun and meaningful experiences this month. During lunch each day they were entertained by the music of Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, Louis Armstrong, and Joseph Bologne. Along with other authors, the children’s literature featured Kamala Harris, which prompted a letter-writing campaign by the third-year students to congratulate our new Vice President. The children have been delighted by the artwork, music, and stories from talented people throughout history!


Toddler teachers read some new books to the children during circle time.

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