Although it is March, the impact of Black History Month still resonates in the school. Horizon Youngstown’s February was full of activities, projects, and events to honor those in the African American community who have made significant strides in Arts, Science, & Human Rights.
We celebrate Black History Month every year because, though these men and women are part of the bigger American history picture, it is observances like this that bring compassion, empathy, and knowledge for a culture within our society. It also encourages all of our students to overcome obstacles and pursue their dreams.
Each class was tasked with the challenge of researching and reporting on notable citizens in Black History in various ways. Depending on grade level, there were research activities, written reports, coloring projects, posters created, and one grade also dressed up as their historical figure for the annual “wax museum” event.
We wanted to include parents in the festivities too! We added a family night centered around Black History Month. Our wax Museum was on display, we had Victoria Allen from ICU Blockwatch of Youngstown as our guest speaker, and then our families enjoyed a full family dinner which our own Ms. Jackson helped prepare. There was even a gift basket giveaway with books by African American authors and a beautiful canvas art piece.