Celebrating Black History Month at Seattle Public Schools
Black history month this year was filled with exciting and educational experiences in our district. Many schools ensured that their students were privy to the African American story as a part of the greater American story.
South Shore Pk-8
South Shore PK-8 hosted 256 Black men who enthusiastically high-fived children into the school on National African American Parent involvement Day (NAAPID).
NAAPID is honored on the second Monday of February and parents are encouraged to visit their students’ schools intentionally and purposefully to build stronger relationships with teachers, school leaders, CBO partners and most importantly students.
As a result of the very powerful gathering of 256 Black men and traditional and social media coverage an organization in Detroit offered $100,000 in scholarships to former South Shore African American Male students completing their senior year and anticipating college.
In addition to the scholarship, the students will be provided a fully loaded laptop and a mentor to guide them on the path to being successful in college and life.
You can read the article "Black role models cheering on Seattle students inspire scholarship donation" on The Seattle Times website.
Maple Elementary School
Maple Elementary school invited the author Marcia Tate Arunga to read from her celebrated children’s book, “The Stolen Ones and How They Were Missed.”
While the book covers the challenging subject matter of the enslavement of African people, it is written allegorically and is thus age appropriate. Second grade teachers at Maple incorporated it into their literacy units and the students created beautiful drawings and writings of their understanding of this narrative.
The author shared that it is of utmost importance that we all know that our story is important and if you do not see your story written, that may be an opportunity to tell your narrative.