Marking the Start of Black History Month

Last Friday marked the start of Black History Month at TPS. Teacher Bart Jeannoute began the morning with these words:

"Over the next few weeks, we as Americans pause to reflect upon the rich legacy and heritage of Black people in the US.

It is important to reflect upon the origins of this month-long celebration. Dr. Carter G. Woodson, a scholar and graduate of Harvard University, was the son of former Virginian slaves. Throughout his education. Dr. Woodson noticed that the history of Black people was often ignored and misrepresented. In 1915, he organized the first annual Negro History week, which was later expanded to Black History Month.

While we pay homage to our ancestors, let us also recognize and celebrate the Black excellence in the present day."

After hearing some student presentations and poetry and viewing a video featuring children explaining the importance of Black History Month, students in grade 3-8 met in Family Circles and took part in a variety of activities related to Black history. 

Our younger students took part in a separate Encuentro, which featured musical performances by teachers Brian Jordan and David Stills.