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February 11, 2010

CCSD Lead Story - February 11, 2010

CCSD Celebrates Black History Month

Hursey Elementary Students celebrate Black History Month through readingGoodwin Elementary students prepared for Black History month by painting beautiful murals on windows and walls throughout their school.

Mary Ford Elementary Students Making African Masks for Black History MonthMalcolm C. Hursey Elementary began their Black History Month celebration with a “Reading is Freedom” themed PTA program focused on teaching tolerance. Students and their parents traveled the tracks from station to station, visiting with teachers, learning about books and stories with the shared theme of prejudice, bias, and discrimination. Ms. Albinger played musical selections and old train songs that touched the hearts and spirits of everyone present.

Students at Mary Ford Elementary made African Masks with paper mache in celebration of Black History Month. Also, as part of the social studies curriculum, students created Mardi Gras masks celebrating the Carnival season, getting ready for Fat Tuesday which is February 16th.

Dynamic Programs/Presentations Across the County

To celebrate Black History Month, Drayton Hall Elementary will feature its popular connections: From Africa to America interactive presentation. Available three times daily, the program traces the journey of enslaved Africans to the New World, through slavery and emancipation. House tours throughout February will emphasize the plantation's African-American history, and visitors will be encouraged to discover "A Sacred Place," the African-American cemetery.

On Friday, February 5th, the students, teachers and staff of Sander-Clyde Elementary-Middle held their 2010 National African American Read-In. Students read selected books, authored by African-Americans, silently for 30 minutes. The goal of this event was to make the celebration of African-American literacy a traditional part of Black History Month activities.

Principal Melvin Middleton of Sander-Clyde Elementary-Middle reading to students at a special reading eventWednesday, February 17th, Liberty Hill Academy will have an African Drumming presentation at 9:30 a.m. for elementary and middle students and at 11:30 a.m. for high students.

Monday, February 22nd, Oakland Elementary will have their Black History Month Program at 6:00 p.m. in their cafeteria. This program is in conjunction with the PTA meeting. Students from each grade level will participate in singing, dancing and speaking roles during the presentation.

Thursday, February 25th, Lincoln Middle and High will have their Black History Month Program at 2:00 and at 6:30 p.m.

CCSD Making a Difference Through Giving District-Wide Haiti Efforts

School of the Arts Small Works Exhibition and Silent Auction for Haiti ReliefOn Friday, February 5, 2010, Stono Park Elementary presented a check of $1,008 to Water Missions International for the people of Haiti. Students and staff at Stono Park Elementary raised money in exchange for a dress-down day to donate to Water Missions International for a purification system to help the people of Haiti receive clean drinking water.

On February 8, 2010, the student body, faculty and staff at the Military Magnet Academy raised over $626 for the Haiti Relief Fund.  The fundraising event was spearheaded by the Regimental Commander, Cadet Col. Curtis Jefferson.  Cadet Col. Jefferson presented the check to Clara Heinsohn, Director of Public Affairs and Volunteers for the Charleston County School District.

Cadet Col. Curtis Jefferson presenting a check to Clara Heinsohn for the District's Help for Haiti CampaignOn Saturday, February 20th, the High School Visual Arts students and faculty of the Charleston County School of the Arts will have a Small Works Exhibition and Silent Auction: “All Things Great and Small” from 7:00 until 9:00 p.m. at Hungry Monk Music, 1948 Belgrade Avenue, Charleston, SC 29407. The purpose of this event is to support the Haiti Relief efforts.

This week CCSD launched a district-wide campaign, “Help for Haiti” to help organize the school and central office relief efforts. For more information on how you can participate, please see the Help for Haiti flyer.

Black History Month Resources:

Need ideas for Black History Month? Check out the State Department of Education's website for: African-American history.

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