February 24 marked our first-ever Black History & Innovation Night, and it was a smashing success! Dozens of MELA families congregated for an evening of activities, beginning with a tour of our classrooms that included interaction with our students’ many technological devices. Parents also learned of our scholars’ recent studies of particularly influential African-Americans throughout America’s history:
• Ms. Ashwood’s class learned about Bill Robinson, a famous African-American tap dancer more commonly known as “Bojangles.” Our pupils proudly displayed their own replica tap shoes, each decorated in his memory.
• Ms. Weyhrauch’s class learned all about Ruby Bridges and shared the mobiles they made to celebrate her various accomplishments.
• Ms. Whitney’s class learned about Rosa Parks and made buses with “thank you” notes to Rosa for her bravery.
• Ms. Eaddy’s class learned about historical aspects of African-American culture and put together project boards that showcased their newfound knowledge.
• Ms. R’s class learned about African-American inventors and scientists and shared their research, conducted on Chromebooks, via a PowerPoint presentation.
Our families then dined together before taking in several performances by students, staff, and others. Our kindergartners kicked off the show with a performance of “Freedom, Freedom,” a song about peace. First and second grade followed with a beautiful rendition of “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” Next, the drumline from Minnesota Internship Center High School shared a rousing routine, and Ms. Caroline, her two daughters, Ms. Eaddy, and Dr. Ruth-Jarmon performed an inspirational interpretive dance. The night culminated with a performance of “Glory” by student Diante Clark alongside his parents, Tameya and Ty Robinson. Thanks to everybody who contributed, and enjoyed, a night to surely remember!