Horizon Science Academy of Lorain had a month long celebration for Black History Month. The theme was “Faces Behind the Fight”. Both students and staff took part in making the celebration both successful and educational for our school.
The month started off with slide shows playing on our TV screens throughout the school depicting historical figures from all racial backgrounds that contributed to the civil rights of African Americans. In addition students were encouraged to enter the Art, Writing and Spoken Word contests. Students interested from grades K-12 chose between the different contests they felt would best highlight a historic figure who contributed to the progress of African Americans. Several students won great prizes including art kits, books and journals. We also showed movies every Wednesday highlighting historical figures in our auditorium after school. We showed 42, Queen of Katwe, and Ruby Bridges Goes to School. Each week we filled the auditorium with students to come and watch the movies with light snacks. Another activity was our Statues From the Past, which students led and participated in during our lunch periods twice a week. Students dressed up in costumes as important figures in history and stood still as students to tried to guess who they were. Correct guesses would be entered in to a raffle. Near the end of the month we held our annual school wide Black History Program where we hosted Distinguished Gentlemen of Spoken Word, a young male group that uses music and poetry to communicate powerful messages of dignity, strength, and hope to its audience. We also had some of our students perform through dance and spoken word. On Wednesday, February 28, 2018, we culminated our activities with a Soul Food Celebration dinner for our staff, students, and their families. Our families brought side dishes and shared a meal together in celebration of all the students’ accomplishments. We had student performances and awarded our winners for the different contests going on throughout the month. It was a great way for us to end the month and honor those who sacrificed so much for the advancement of our great nation.