2005-03-18 / Community

Black History Month At M.S. 53

Black History Month festivities at M.S. 53 commenced with Principal Claude Monereau challenging students to answer his questions about famous African-Americans. Assistant Principal Eula Thompson was the “game show” moderator and the audience consisted of Assistant Principal Diane Ludvigsen, PTA President Samantha Parker, art teacher and yearbook coordinator Norma Allende, and various parents.

Ten students were the grand winners of the contest – with Principal Monereau unable to stump them. As agreed, the principal purchased a book for each winner from the Scholastic book fair. The thrill of the game show format allowed students to have fun while showing off their knowledge about famous African-Americans.

Assistant Principal Clarisa Rene, Dean Harvey Baratz and the sixth-grade staff provided a forum for the students to view films, create book reports and write poems about their favorite African-Americans. The M.S. 53 Marching Band, led by Ms. Majied played for the morning assembly honoring black musicians.

During Assistant Principal Thompson’s morning announcements, Adreena Thompson, Yisauri Reyes and Bianca Marshall, members of the M.S. 53 chorus, sang the Black National Anthem: “Lift Every Voice.” Students Christian Davis and Ellianna Gomez also shared their biographies of African-American scientists and baseball players.

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