Ritenour Students Celebrate Black History Month
Ritenour schools were filled with special projects, classroom lessons, student performances, trivia games and innovative programs that celebrated Black History Month throughout February.
Hallways and classroom doors donned student projects and trivia that honored Black history, and influential African Americans who pioneered change with civil rights, scientific inventions, performing and visual arts, literature, sports and culture.
- Iveland Elementary’s “Rhythms through History” on Feb. 26 featured student music performances highlighting reggae, hip hop and step dancing, singing and oratories about famous African-American performers and historical figures. Families also had the option of purchasing dinner prior to the evening program. Throughout the month, students created project boards that highlighted inspiring African-Americans with different projects that lined a Black History gallery on the first floor of the school.
- Marvin Elementary classroom doors featured prominent African-American historical figures, books and inspirational quotes that students researched.
- On Feb. 27, Ritenour Middle School students wrapped up Black History Month by participating in several activities in their encore class to dig deeper into diversity issues, learn more about African-Americans who inspired new inventions that impact their daily lives, and test their trivia knowledge about famous African-Americans and history. In art, students designed digital portraits inspired by the contemporary African-American artist, Kehinde Wiley. Throughout the month, the Junior Game Changers led trivia questions during lunch periods.
- At Ritenour High School, the Game Changers organized several meaningful events and awareness campaigns throughout February. They held a fashion show during lunches showcasing traditional African fashions. A town hall meeting focused on the topic of black and brown representation in the curriculum. The student group also created their own buttons that they gave to students and shared weekly messages with some unknown Black History facts. They culminated the month with a video to celebrate the civil rights work that has been done and ongoing youth activism of the Game Changers.