SOMERSET, NJ - Families and staff at Cedar Hill Prep School celebrated Black History Month with in-class and remote events throughout the month of February.
"We need to say as loud as we can and showcase all of the African American people who have done amazing work over generations, and recognize that and celebrate it," Cedar Hill Prep Founder, Nandini Menon told TAPinto.
With the help of their parents, preschoolers researched famous African Americans and presented hand-made posters of famous inventors, athletes, entertainers, and scientists. During the presentations, some students dressed up, brought in props, and danced relating to their famous person. All the students had the opportunity to practice public speaking.
Pre-Kindergarten students learned about the Queen of Salsa, Celia Cruz. Cruz, an Afro-Cuban pop star was an anti-revolutionary figure who had a significant impact on the world with her music.
The students participated in many cultural-based activities and danced to help enhance motor skills.
Math students in 7th and 8th-grade integrated their curriculum with important facts about African American history.
Students in 7th-grade observed key milestones related to abolishing slavery, segregation, and finally having equal rights. Teachers reviewed their student's analysis to help guide discussions on the efforts of African American heroes who have withstood several hardships and have fought hard for freedom.
Students in 8th-grade did an activity related to Quadratic Functions, where they learned about the key, important contributions by African American men and women in the field of Math and Science.
School officials say one of the most popular annual events at the school was inspired by a living history presentation that was done in Atlanta. Men and women dressed as their favorite historic African American hero or heroine. They went to public parks and stood still, when people walked by, they came alive.
"That has become a marquee event in our school," Menon said... "It's one of the events at school that everyone looks forward to.
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