Brookhaven Elementary Celebrates a Month of Black History

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The monthlong study of Black History culminated in a day of fun and diverse educational activities for Brookhaven Elementary School students. On Feb. 28, each of the grade levels teamed up to provide students with opportunities to review the information they garnered during the month and to learn additional skills related to this annual celebration of diversity.

On the second-grade level, students were instructed in African dance by teacher Stefani Nolde and select student-dancers. As the classes rotated through stations, they participated in faculty read alouds of books including “Henry’s Freedom Box” and “Follow the Drinking Gourd.” The students also matched the names and historical descriptions of successful black Americans including Jackie Robinson, Harriet Tubman and Ruby Bridges. Third-grade students, who were also instructed in dance, listed words that describe favorite and notable African-Americans. The students wrote one word on paper strips describing the significant impact these individuals had on the country. The strips were then collected and placed on a bulletin board in the hallway.

“Today we celebrate the African-American diaspora,” Ms. Nolde said. “There has been a lot of culture and beauty that came out of it.”