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Elmont Elementary Students Celebrate Black History Month

Clara H. Carlson fifth-graders marked Black History Month when they created their own version of Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. The students dressed up as Jackie Robinson, Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey, Barack Obama and other notable African-Americans from throughout history. When visitors pressed a red button, the “wax figures” came to life and presented an oral report on the life of their figure.

“It takes a great deal of discipline to stand still for a long period of time,” fifth-grade teacher Laura Tocci explained. “These students utilized a number of academic skills to prepare for this event. They conducted research, wrote a report, and spoke in public. Plus, they practiced a great deal.” 

The entire student population at Clara H. Carlson was abuzz as they commemorated Black History Month with programs, activities and concerts. One third-grade class hosted an art exhibit and shared biographical information on famous black artists, while a fifth-grade class recited a “Hip Hop History Rap.” Another highlight was a second-grade presentation of quotes from important individuals who had made vital contributions to American culture. Other students shared their own writings, inspired by the book “Brown Angels” by Walter Dean Myers.  

All of the programs were reflective of lessons the students had learned during Black History Month. According to Assistant to the Principal Shawnee Warfield, “Our students learned about the extraordinary contributions of African-Americans throughout history and today. They also saw that the great number of different cultures among us, make us one great nation.” Warfield finished with a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: “All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”