Jones Elementary Honors Black History Month
H.T. Jones Elementary School (JES) closed Black History Month with their fifth-grade Black History Program. The program highlights the importance of black history while teaching students and families about influential figures from the past. Due to the level of difficulty of several songs and dances, students began practicing in the fall semester.
“We hold this program because I feel if we don’t tell everyone’s story it will get lost and it is important that we remember,” JES Music Teacher Brejan Jackson said.
The program’s masters of ceremonies were JES students Thomas De La Cruz and Nevaeh Brown. Throughout the program, they introduced each group adding historical information and short biographies of important figures. The fifth-grade class sang “Lift Every Voice and Sing” and “We Shall Overcome” while holding photos of significant figures. Students paid tribute to people such as Maya Angelou, Rosa Parks, Aretha Franklin, and George Washington Carver. JES’ Super Step Team closed the event with a dance tribute to the National Pan-Hellenic Council, a collaborative organization of nine historically African American fraternities and sororities.
“This program is important because it shows that we celebrate various cultures and our community celebrates with us in teaching our children the significance of history,” JES Assistant Principal Ashley Kinney said.
JES also celebrated the month with other activities. Physical Education Teacher Ronald Hill created a display that included several items from key moments in United States Black History. Each item used was taken from Hill’s personal collection.
Third-grade students also created presentations on important people throughout Black History. Each student chose a person to research and create a tri-fold poster board focusing on the historical figure. Students had three weeks to complete the project at home. At the end, they participated in a Gallery Walk to share their information with the campus. A majority of students dressed as the person they researched for the walk.
“It was important for me to diversify the narrative of Black History in this country,” JES Third-Grade Teacher Nicolle Granderson said. “Students enjoyed learning about a diverse selection of acknowledged and unacknowledged pioneers that paved the way.”