Suwannee Democrat


February 20, 2014

HamCo schools celebrate Black History Month

Jasper — In honor of Black History Month, Hamilton County Schools have a lot planned to honor famous African Americans who have made an impact on society.

At Central Hamilton Elementary, activities will be culminated by participating in the African American Read-In, as well as hosting a program that will utilize student speakers, along with individuals from the community to read to the students, according to Assistant Principal Charles Claridy.

The African American Read-In, Claridy said, is sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English; a Professional Association of Educators in English Studies, Literacy, and Language Arts.

“The purpose of the activity is to increase students’ awareness of African American authors and their contributions to American History,” said Claridy.

At the high school, teacher Christopher Combass said, “We have an exciting project that we are working on in my high school Social Studies classes.”

The students, he said, have been asked to research a famous African American, and they will be focusing on the economic, political, social, and cultural impacts that those individuals had on American society. 

“Students have the option of creating an informative brochure, poster, or PowerPoint and will be presenting their projects on Friday, Feb. 21,” Combass said.

Eighth grade teacher Ryan Lamont said his students are also working on an exciting project.

“Each 8th grader has chosen a famous African American from the fields of math, science, literature, and history,” said Lamont. “They are to research their backgrounds and create a "Facebook profile" for this individual. This project combines technology/social media with education in a setting that allows the student to actually enjoy the process of research,” he added.

The students will present their profiles when they are completed. Lamont said the kids have really taken off with the project and have been asking to work on them in their free time.


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