Ritenour Schools Share 2021 Black History Month Learning & Celebrations
Throughout the month of February 2021, Ritenour students and staff continued the tradition of celebrating Black History Month with creative learning projects. Due to the pandemic, however, Ritenour schools came up with new creative ways of sharing these projects virtually with families and held virtual special assemblies with students.
Classes at Iveland Elementary are sharing class projects digitally with families through Google Classroom and SeeSaw, as well as on the Iveland Facebook page throughout the month.
Inspired by Amanda Gorman’s poem at President Biden’s inauguration, Ritenour Middle School and RMS-Ritenour Virtual Academy has focused on poetry during February. It kicked off the month with an all-school virtual assembly with MK Stallings, a published poet and founder of Urb Arts, and St. Louis Youth Poet Laureate Grace Ruo to speak with them about their writing process and perform their original Slam Poetry. RMS-RVA students have been exploring three different types of poetry and have an opportunity to write their own pieces focused on the Black Lives Matter movement for a Slam Poetry event. The Black Rep will be sharing a virtual performance on Feb. 26 that focuses on Freedom Songs from the Civil Rights Movement.
In addition to individual classroom projects, Buder Elementary has been sharing Black History Month facts as part of the daily morning announcements on the Buder Facebook page. Each week classes focused on different Black History themes, which included scientists/inventors, gamers, doctors and NASA pioneers. Buder students in grades 3-5 also engaged virtually with a Mad Science assembly.
Students who are part of the Game Changers club at Ritenour High School led a month full of activities and an information campaign that highlighted local black-owned businesses, history- makers and excellence. The activities and information was shared with interactive Instagram posts, on KRHS Facebook posts and through email. The group also created a compelling video of students and staff sharing what black excellence means to them.
The high school’s last week of Black History Month also included a blood drive on Feb. 23 that was organized by RHS junior Azariah Estes as a way to raise awareness and support for those who are challenged with blood diseases such as sickle cell anemia.