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Rowland Celebrates Unity and Being an Upstander

Rowland Celebrates Unity and Being an Upstander

The Black History Month and Start with Hello Unity Assembly at Rowland Elementary School was not just another day; it was a time of celebration, education, and unity as we commemorated Black History Month with fervor and enthusiasm. The theme for our celebration was clear: unity and being an upstander. Throughout the assembly, each grade level presented inspiring and informative presentations about Black history through various art forms, including singing, literature, spoken word, and dance. As we reflect on the events of Black History Month and Start with Hello Week, one thing is certain: the students of Rowland Elementary are truly letting their light shine.

During the assembly, each grade level took center stage to showcase their talents and knowledge about Black history. From kindergarten to third grade, students immersed themselves in the rich tapestry of African American culture and achievements. Kindergarteners delighted us with their rendition of a Hello song and dance, while third graders captivated us with their dramatic readings of influential African American literature. Second graders wowed the audience with their powerful spoken word performance, and song highlighting the struggles and triumphs of Black Americans throughout history. First graders closed out our assembly through dance, choreographing routines, and singing This Little Light of Mine.

More than just performances, each presentation served as a learning opportunity for our students. They delved into the lives of prominent Black figures, explored the history of the Civil Rights Movement, and discussed the ongoing fight for equality and justice. By engaging with Black history through the arts, our students gained a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by African Americans and the resilience and strength that have defined their journey.

As educators, we are immensely proud of our students for their dedication and enthusiasm throughout Black History Month. Their creativity, empathy, and commitment to learning were on full display, inspiring us all to continue striving for a more inclusive and equitable society. Our work does not end in February. We hope that the lessons learned during Black History Month will resonate with our students throughout the year, encouraging them to be upstanders in the face of injustice and to let their light shine brightly for all to see.

In the end, Black History Month at Rowland Elementary was not just a celebration, it was a reaffirmation of our commitment to unity, empathy, and understanding. As we look to the future, we carry with us the lessons of the past, knowing that by standing together and embracing our differences, we can create a brighter and more inclusive world for generations to come. Please enjoy this video of our celebration.

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