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Read-Ins & Cultural Activities Highlight Black History Month in Ritenour Schools

Read-Ins at Ritenour elementary schools were one of the more popular ways students enjoyed Black History Month in February. 

Guest readers from a broad range of careers visited classrooms and read children’s books that included characters of color, were by African American authors or reflected cultural traditions. In addition to enjoying the read-alouds, students had the opportunity to learn about different careers and reflect on Black excellence.

“We want to elevate the normalcy of Black excellence so that our students recognize that the people they see every day in the community are doing great things and making a positive impact,” said Marion Principal Bilal Ewing.  

In addition to classroom activities and presentations in each of Ritenour’s schools, students led Black history-themed spirit weeks that reflected African American culture, Historically Black Colleges and famous African Americans. 

Ritenour’s youngest scholars at the Ritenour School for Early Childhood Education got a glimpse of Black excellence with creative door decorations. Marvin Elementary took door decorating to another level by ensuring that Black excellence was represented with every letter of the alphabet, from A about Aaron Douglas and Maya Angelou to Z about Zora Neale Hurston.  

Students at Hoech and Ritenour middle schools led morning announcements throughout February that highlighted music by famous Black musicians and other trivia. In addition, Hoech students created a “Building History Together” mural with individual brick artwork that reflected Black culture and pride.

Iveland and Buder elementary schools closed the month with student performances. Each grade level performed poems, songs and dances that celebrated African American culture and excellence. 

The Game Changers at Ritenour High School organized a Black History Month spirit week and a student-led program in Ritenour Auditorium featuring 45 talented students from different Husky organizations. The program spotlighted Black history, music, poetry and interpretive dance. 

“Students highlighted the many talents within our school community while recognizing prominent historical figures,” said Blake Hernton, co-sponsor of the Game Changers and orchestra teacher.