Written by Alex Gribler, AmeriCorps Member serving on the New Schools for Baton Rouge Team at Claiborne Elementary School
During the month of February we celebrated Black History month. We spent this time teaching our young students the importance of the month. The goal of this month was to educate our students on the impact many African Americans have had on our city, state and country. The students did research projects, wrote papers and made art projects about the many people that spent their life making strides for the African American community.
Last week, to close out Black History Month, Claiborne and Howell Park elementary put on an assembly to honor heroes in the African American community. All third through fifth grade students were invited to the multi-purpose room for the program. Many of the students were involved in putting on the production. The music class put on a skit where students embodied some of these heroes. They taught the audience all about historical figures such as Ruby Bridges, Marian Anderson, Barack Obama and many others. As the program closed, we got to hear selections from both school choirs, as well as a presentation from Claiborne's principal. The program was a great way to close out Black History month, and take us into Mardi Gras break!