EDISON, NJ-- The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison continued its celebration of Black History Month with events and activities in all three divisions this week.

In Lower School, where literature will be the primary theme throughout the month, parent guest readers joined authors in virtual book readings. This week’s parent guest readers consisted of Lower School parents Marcella Addison of Avenel, Abby Price of Scotch Plains and Ashley Brazoban of Metuchen, third-grade teacher Katherine Heiss of Red Bank and WHPA president Marci Bowman of Scotch Plains. This week’s author lineup included Rita Lorraine Hubbard, Qjana Davis and Monique Fields. W+H parent April Terrell of Iselin will be featured on Wednesday, Feb. 17.

Middle School students began a series of presentations about famous Black Americans during last Friday’s full division meeting. Abigail Ibironke of Piscataway and Anisa Sidhu of Edison shared a recitation from Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Other highlights included profiles of Rosa Parks and Ruby Bridges. Middle School students will continue to focus on Black History through spoken word, moderated discussions and biography presentations. 

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Upper School students began their recognition of Black History month by focusing on literature and authors, including Amanda Gorman’s poem delivered at the inauguration. They viewed a special screening of Hidden Figures after lunch on Wednesday, Feb. 10 as part of this week’s science and tech theme. Next week’s theme is Black Lives Matter and civil rights.

The Wardlaw+Hartridge School (1295 Inman Ave., N. Edison) is Central Jersey’s premier PreK-12 independent school. The campus is located near the Scotch Plains border and just five miles from downtown Westfield. It is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational day school that prepares students to lead and succeed in a world of global interconnection. Wardlaw+Hartridge provides an educational atmosphere characterized by academic challenge, support for individual excellence, diversity, and a familial sense of community. To take a virtual tour of the school, visit www.whschool.org/admission/take-a-virtual-tour.