African American History Month is upon us and New Hanover County Schools’ educators have wasted no time infusing lesson plans and enriching their educational curriculum with influential and prominent African American pioneers, leaders, and inventors. From pre-K to secondary, schools within the district will be celebrating and honoring the legacy of African Americans who have influenced and contributed to our nation’s great history.
The events listed are just a sample of what the schools in the district will be hosting and commemorating throughout February:
Alderman Elementary- “Lift EVERY Voice: Lifting as we Soar”
African American History Story Time and Luncheon with Prominent Community Members – During the month of February, Alderman will be extending invitations to Board members and other elected officials, NHCS administrators, and community leaders to read to students and dine for lunch.
Date: Throughout February 2019
Contact: J’vanete Skiba
African American History Wax Museum – Second graders will be holding a wax museum of African American Historical Figures.
Date: February 22, 2019, 8:30 a.m.
African American History Assembly
Date: February 27, 2019, 1:00 p.m.
Family Book Club Kick-off event in partnership with Rachel Freeman Elementary and the YWCA’s Stand Against Racism program.
A group of Anderson Elementary’s 4th and 5th grade families will be offered an opportunity to participate in its first Family Book Club with a study of the book, The Jacket by Andrew Clements. A group of Rachel Freeman families will participate in a book club study of the same text. The main characters in the book have an encounter, a miscommunication, that leads them to begin a path of discovery of their personal biases and beliefs. The kick-off event will be a dinner and book distribution. Each school’s family book club will meet twice to discuss the book and the YWCA will facilitate a culminating event for participating families at both schools during its annual Stand Against Racism Week in April.
Date: February 28, 2019
Contact: Krista Holland (910) 798-3311
Sunset Park Elementary – African American Read-In
8th Annual African American Read-In Chain
Community leaders are invited to come in and read works of literature written by African American authors throughout the day.
Date: February 22, 2019, 12:45 p.m.
Contact: Alice Carney
Forest Hills Global Elementary School – African American Read-In
2nd Annual African American Read-In – Community leaders have been invited to come in and volunteer their time reading text written by African American authors to students throughout the day.
Date: February 1, 2019, 8:45 a.m.-1:45 p.m.
Contact: Christina Daniels
New Hanover High School
African American History Art Display
Social Studies Teacher Mrs. Coonradt will be collaborating with art teachers Mrs. Raynor and Mrs. Johnson on an African American Art Display. Mrs. Coonradt’s Bridge Program students taking Civics will provide the biographies of the famous African Americans while the students in the art classes create portraits to display.
Date: Throughout February 2019
NHCS TV/Public Relations
Diversity Matters: Historically Black Colleges and Universities
This month’s episode of Diversity Matters will celebrate Black History Month while paying homage to some of the country’s most prestigious Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Guests on the show will include notable alumni from HBCUs, such as Spelman College, North Carolina Central University, Winston Salem State University, Livingstone College, and Fayetteville State University. Chief Communications Officer Valita Quattlebaum hosts and moderates the discussion.
Date: February – March 2019
Dance Theatre of Harlem at UNCW
In conjunction with Countywide Community Development Corporation and UNCW, the district will bring students from various schools to see the world renowned dance troupe rehearse at Kenan Auditorium. Other districts across the region will also participate.
Date: February 22, 2019