Celebrating Black History Month

Published: Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 09:16 AM.

The school set out to celebrate Black History Month with a project to highlight as many famous African-Americans as possible.

Each class drew a name from a bucket; or in the case of Treglown’s and Tomlinson’s class, picked an individual or organization they were studying.

From there, each class settled on a course for putting together what amounted to a science project, but this one profiling a prominent, and in some cases obscure, African-American of note.

There were projects based on Oprah Winfrey, Wally Amos of cookie fame, President Barack Obama, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Jackie Robinson.

There were also projects about Jan Ernst Matzleiger, who invented the shoe making machine; Bessie Coleman, the first African-American woman pilot; Garrett Morgan, who invented the hair-straightener, stoplight and gas mask; and “Aunt” Susie Hartsfield from Two Egg who returned to school in the 1970s at the age of 102 and was taught, in part, by the mother of a teacher at Port St. Joe Elementary School.

“We had Charles Drew who was the first person to store blood,” said fifth-grader Jazmyne Farmer. “We broke the project into parts. It was fun coming together and learning about people. We did a lot of teamwork. We did great.”

The fourth-grade class of Lauren Jenkins selected Alex Haley, most known for his autobiography of Malcolm X as well as his groundbreaking book Roots, which became a much-lauded television miniseries.



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