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

The Upper School embraced its weekly theme of Hip Hop, Comedy, Dance and Art with guest speakers and student presentations. They culminated the week with a group poem recited by members of the Spoken Word Club. The 13-minute oration featured contributions from 13 students: Shankari Theivanayagam of Summit, Ananya Murlidharan of Edison, Naischa Puri of Edison, Ariana Di Landro of Elizabeth, Olivia De Sousa of South Plainfield, Rose Kassam of Scotch Plains, Leila Hernandez-Webster of Edison, Chiupong Huang of Edison, Zane Lee-Briggs of Avenel, Ahmad Maiga of Woodbridge, Kayla Martel of Winfield Park, Kynise Dixon of North Plainfield and Taliyah Williams of Rahway. 

Middle School students continued their series of presentations about famous Black American achievements during last Friday's full division meeting. Highlights included profiles of Benjamin Banneker and David Walker. Students Tawanda Sibanda of Edison and Arya Chhabra of Roselle Park led the presentations on behalf of Student Government and Publications. Eighth-graders also participated in a Zoom meeting to discuss the upcoming spring symposium – Inclusive Communities: Race and Identity.

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The Lower School wrapped up a very busy month of guest readers and author visits with daily virtual sessions to enjoy more entertaining literature and meaningful lessons. Last week’s guests included Dalia Sollenberger, mom of Lower School Head Silvia Davis, who held separate readings for PreK-K and students in Grades 1-5. Also, second graders hosted a wax museum featuring famous Black Americans including Barack Obama, Muhammad Ali and Kamala Harris.

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.