Gould Elementary Presents ‘Black History Is American History’

After a month of projects, essays and art, Gould Elementary’s celebration of Black history will culminate in two programs on Thursday, February 27, 2014. The first program will take place at 9:45 a.m. and will feature songs, poems, and biography presentations on famous African-Americans by Pre-K through second grade students.

The second presentation will take place at 1:30 p.m. and will feature grades 3-5 performing songs, poems, and dance. Artwork from all grades will also be displayed.

The programs provide a chance for all students to contribute their knowledge after exploring Black history for the full 28 days of February. Throughout the month, the school news program has featured a daily report on a person or facet of Black history, including well known historical events like the Civil Rights sit-ins and prominent figures like Jackie Robinson, to more obscure figures such as scientist Jim Gates and jazz bassist Victor Wooten. Students also entered daily short-essay contests, identifying essential moments and people in Black history, and created posters for another contest.

“Our theme this year is ‘Black History IS American History,” said committee member and teacher Jaime McGrath, “We want students to see the contributions of all Americans as integral to our shared story.”

Gould Elementary presents “Black History IS American History” during two programs on February 27, 2014 with lower grades attending at 9:45 a.m. and upper grades at 1:30 p.m.

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