Northwest Celebrates Black History Month

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Northwest School held its Black History Month celebration on Feb. 26. First-, second- and third-grade students, along with parents, teachers, administrators and fellow students, packed the gymnasium for an evening of songs, drumming, choreographed dance and step routines, and African American-influenced food and beverages.

Northwest Principal Vincent Todisco emceed the event, delivering opening remarks about the importance of Black History Month. He introduced singers in teacher Melissa Asbell’s class, who sang “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” He also introduced a full cast of students who had researched and composed biographical readings about prominent African-American figures in history, from President Barack Obama and Rosa Parks to Harriet Tubman and George Washington Carver. The presenting students added to the flavor of their readings by dressing up as their assigned historical figure.

The audience was also treated to a step and dance routine from high school students in the 21st Century Dance Group and the Interact Club under teacher Brenda King. Students in music teacher Roxanne Tannenbaum’s choir closed out the evening with songs and drumming. Browse the photo gallery to relive all the action.