The lunchroom at Dr. Edwin E. Weeks Elementary Wednesday afternoon was as loud a place I have been in years. Students K-5, in raucous fashion, were eager to answer questions about Black History Month. Principal Dare Dutter said that this past month was a student favorite because they enjoy celebrating people who share the same heritage as them.
Dutter explained that to celebrate the faculty held a school-wide assembly where one student was picked from each grade level that best represented the leadership qualities of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In a separate presentation, some students dressed as important black figures throughout history and answered questions acting as them.
Throughout the month, students willingly completed a multitude of assignments to celebrate the achievements of notable black figures. Students lined up to tell me why Black History Month is important, and what they were doing to celebrate. Never have I ever seen a group of students so excited about their curriculum.