Students in all grade levels participated in a Media Center story time to honor and learn about Black History during the month of February. Each grade level read a different book that focused on kindness, tolerance, acceptance, Civil Rights, and strength, and the lessons emphasized being nice no matter what the outside looks like. Students listened to a song by will.i.am called "Stronger" that led into the story times. The song was about being strong, holding your head up high, and not letting others bring you down. These lessons also emphasized our PBIS expectations at Williams Heights, which are to "Be Responsible, Be Respectful, and Be Safe".
After the book was read, students watched "Kid President Makes a New Friend", and Mrs. Heather Thigpen, Media Specialist, challenged each of our students to make one new friend and to talk or play with students who are new or maybe do not have many friends to play with at recess.
The following books were read during story time: Kindergarten - Martin Luther King Jr's Itty Bitty Bio; 1st Grade- Rosa Parks Itty Bitty Bio and Frederick Douglass' Itty Bitty Bio; 2nd Grade - The Youngest Marcher by Cynthia Levinson; 3rd Grade - Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles; 4th Grade - Love Will See You Through: Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Six Guiding Beliefs by Angela Farris Watkins; and 5th Grade- Separate is Never Equal by Duncan Tonatiuh.
Black History Month is one way Williams Heights as a school can commit to the study and celebration of a history of change... a history of freedom, equality, justice denied, oppression, opportunity, contradictions and compromise... a history of the pursuit of the American dream. "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." -- Margaret Meade
Front Row L-R: Lincoln F., Julianne A., Ezrial T., and Cece R.; Back Row L-R: Morgan B., and Donrico L.