PATERSON, NJ – In song, poetry and even sign language, Paterson school children celebrated Black History Month with a series of spirited performances on Wednesday.

The program began with two educational presentations. First was Eastside School of Information Technology student Breann Davis’ “Did you know in Back History,’’ followed by John F. Kennedy School of Education & Training

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student Niuverys Rodriguez’ report on Billie Holiday.

Then four students from Don Bosco Technology Academy – Jeryka Morales, Nahid Miah, Ruth Delania Gonzalea and Christrina Gales-Brooks - gave a show that featured an a cappella rendition of Etta James’ “I’d Rather Be Blind,’’ a rap about equality and the poem, “Peace.’’

Next, children in grades k through 2 from School 8 sang “Marting Luther King” while using American sign language. That was followed by Norman S. Weir students singing “in the Morning Lord” and “You can See a Brighter Day,’’ two original compositions by Kelvin Quince. School 7 students then performed “Sing Celebrate for Martin Luther King, Jr.’’

The finale was the Rosa L. Parks School of Fine & Performing Arts’ jazz ensemble playing “Riding on a Blue Note’’ by Duke Elington and “A Night in Tunisia” by Dizzy Gillespie.

Here’s a list of the performing students provided by Paterson Public Schools:

SCHOOL 8

Ms. Barreto  Bilingual/ESL Kindergarten: Denis Aguilar Ventura, Adolfo Aguilar, Eliana Calizaya, Lucy Cano-Bartolo, Bryant Coronel, Yaret Coronel-Acevedo, Alexis Cuenca, Jared Díaz, Kevin Estrada, Emily Gutiérrez, Yoseli Huelitl-Rosas, Jayden Jiménez, Jesús Leal-Gonzalez, Jazmín Martínez, Augusto Enrique Matos Pérez, Scarle Matos, Rummely Mercedes Polanco, Jelsy Morales, Jordy Rosas, Alvaro Silvas, Noel Vázquez, Ariana Verastegui

Mr. Joven Bilingual/ESL 1st Grade: Daniella Aguilar, Jadin Ayala, Guadalupe Coatl, Lesley Cornoel, Miguel Escamilla, Jaylene Flores, Steven Fuentes, Melina Guitierrez, Misael Gutierrez, Luis Lucero, Alan Lugo, Christian Martinez Vazquez, Anel Matos, Yajadri Matos-Matos, Ryan Muriel, Leslie Perez, Jacqueline Razo, David Reyes, Gudalupe Robles, David Rodriguez Garcia, Angela Vazquez, Cecilia Vazquez, Sophia Vergara, Brian Zamora

Ms. Castano  2nd Grade Bilingual/ESL: Daleysha Bermúdez -Cabán, Jiovanni Contreras, Justin Contreras, Alexis Escamilla-García, Jasón Estrada, Franchesca Feliz, Daisy Fuentes, Isabel Guizar, Melanie Herrera, Ruby Martínez, Pablo Matos, Yesica Mendoza,

Jaslee Rivas, Diana Salgado Orea, Yonatan Sanchez, Daniel Silvas, Myrian Torres-Andrade, Eddiel Tosté-Pedraza, Laura Valle

NORMAN S. WEIR CHORUS

4th Grade: Jasmine Mc Duffie, Alexis Robinson, Nicole Warren

5th Grade: Ashley Bristow, Robert Garcia, Saeliz Guzman, Norissa Howell, Michael Jackson, Tatiyana Johnson, Marianna La Cotera, Lannea Martinez, Khadija Moody, Patricia Quiros, Kallee Slappy, Tykera Williams, Korey Wilson

6th Grade: Mar’Kyse Alford, Jayla Brown, Kayla Camacho, Martin Campusano, Carmen Caraballo, Mykayla Chatman, Jalen Colon, Christine De Cando, Mariah Gonzalez, Melinda Perez, Tehya Robertson, Dymond Robinson, Macio Robinson, Jahniyah Silver, Basheen Tripp

7th Grade: Nasir Carter, Juliab Briggs, Sabriya Fantauzzi, Victoria Gary, Jasmyn Graham, Joshua Heber, Ashante Johnson, Jayla

Mc Duffie, Nia Nelson, Nasir Nichols, Rasheen Peppers, Shannell Pommells, Precise Smith, Kaelyn Soto, Imani Wade, Carter Warren

8th Grade: Keyon Billie, Devin Bristow, Sergio De Jesus (Tech. Crew), Jahvon Devine-Jones (Tech. Crew), Javonna Jacobs,

Tania Lee, Christahja Lighty, Sha’nihya Ross, Janeen Slade

School 7

Andrea Casale, Quadel Williams, Nathaniel Harrison, Keemazjia Rousseau, Shelsea Sena, Luz Martinez, Kayla Camacho, Sadora Saimpris, Tiffany Colon, Karina Terhune, Alexandra Zarate, Farhanna Zaman, Jalil Harris, Jaileen R., Kevin Jackson, Monica Navarro, Yessenia Monge, Donovan Marshall, Jaziah Peace, Devin Perez, Leo Magdaleno Maldonado, and Matthew Horton

Rosa Parks Jazz Ensemble

Keily Caba, Jabbria Vanderhall, Troy Greer, Quincy Brayton, Ashely Jackson, Hector Garcia, Anthony Pena, Clarice Forbes, Nicholas Andrej, Rafael Vasquez, Amuary Veloz, Christine Howard, Monae Clancy