Celebrating Black History Month

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” — Nelson Mandela.

How CAPS Central, celebrated BHM in an effort to enhance the freedom of others.

February 28th brought an end to this year’s Black History Month. A time to pause and celebrate the contributions African Americans have made and continue to make in our country. One Plainfield charter, College Achieve Central, did exactly that by having students complete multimedia projects which allowed them to dive deep into the lives of famous African Americans from our past and present. Students were able to synthesize their work to create an interactive product which showcased their knowledge and could be presented virtually to the whole community. Students as young as six years old participated, providing some of the most inspirational videos yet!

The multimedia project was a culminating activity, but throughout the month students had meaningful opportunities to celebrate. The leaders at College Achieve Central believe that when students know their history it informs who they are, and that knowledge can be used as a door to freedom for themselves and others. To foster this belief, teachers receive training in culturally relevant instruction and are given space to discuss current events that are tied to race in this country. At College Achieve, we believe all educators should have the tools to support students in not merely casting off chains, but enhancing the freedom of others.

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