Kindergarten students from Ms. Parson’s class at the Julius E. Sprauve School honor St. Johnian achievers during the school’s Black History Month program last Friday, February 28.
On the day Julius E. Sprauve School celebrates Black History Month, everybody gets in on the act.
From kindergarten through eighth grade, classes honor different aspects of history. On February 28, the school’s cafetorium set the scene for those expressions.
This year’s theme for the Black History Month Program was “Coming Together.”
Poems, raps, song and dance, an ensemble play and recitations played out Friday morning as fellow JESS students watched and sometimes cheered.
Students also dressed in character. A combined offering by Team Awesome presented male figures who made history, including U.S. President Barack Obama, civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Major League Baseball pioneer Jackie Robinson and Robert Johnson, founder of Black Entertainment Television.
Kindegarden students held photos of St. John leaders honored by having local buildings named after them.
Third graders took turns playing dissident Rosa Parks and participants in the Montgomery bus boycott that resulted from Park’s arrest for sitting in a bus seat reserved for white people.
The reading play was entitled the “Boycott Blues.”
First and second graders danced. Sixth graders led a clap and rap to a poem entitled “I Am a Black Child.”
JESS Principal Dionne Wells greeted the assembly, asked students to listen and learn.
School Nurse Brown played mistress of ceremonies, entertaining the audience between acts by presenting Black History Facts.
Sprauve School teachers provided the finale by dancing quadrille.
Principal Wells thanked the students, staff and parents who came to support the young performers.
The school’s program committee thanked all participants for helping to make the program a success.