Over the month of February, caregivers and school staff will partner to celebrate Black History Month. We have adopted the national Black History Month theme–Black Resistance.  Through this theme, we will highlight resistance movements across the African Diaspora, Black leaders in those movements, and modes of expressing resistance (e.g., dance, music, poetry, and food).

Mundo Verde - Virtual Book Reading

Feb 2, 2023 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 932 8762 4776

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Reading Challenge - We will begin the month by highlighting for students how reading was both an act and tool of resistance, at a time when it was illegal to teach enslaved and free Black people to read and write. Throughout the month, we encourage students to read (alone or with an adult) as much as they can, as a small tribute to the activists (like Frederick Douglass) and educators (like John Francis Cook Sr., for whom the Cook Campus is named) who fought anti-literacy laws and their effects.  Stay tuned for more information on the challenge.

Wednesday, February 15 at 6:30 pm, Virtual Freedom Readers Circle for Children. Parents/caregivers will host their own virtual Freedom Readers circle. They will read a frequently banned children’s book The 1619 Project: Born on the Water by Nikole Hannah-Jones and Renée Watson. After reading the book (in English and Spanish) as a group, students will be led in a discussion. This activity will include a discussion of slavery in the United States and may be less appropriate for PreK students. Join Zoom Meeting (Meeting ID: 932 8762 4776 / Passcode: 6jLmBE)

Black History Celebrations, dates TBD. Each campus will host a Black History Celebration.  Help make this event happen!Events in our community are a celebration of our spirit, gifts, and talents.  Are you interested in volunteering? This can mean helping with setting up, cleaning up, helping during the event, or contributing a favorite recipe or dish to share with the community!  Please be in touch with Skye Henry for Calle Ocho campus (skyewhenry@gmail.com), or Mary Awosika for J.F. Cook campus (mary.awosika@gmail.com).