The New American Academy Charter School (NAACS), 9301 Avenue B, held its annual Black History Month performance on Friday, February 18th, giving students in the 3rd to 5th grades a chance to celebrate African-American culture.
Many of the performances honored black culture through various art forms, ranging from poetry crafted by famous African-American poets to dances made by African-American performers.
“This event was about empowering our community,” said Lisa Watkins, Director of Marketing at NAACS. “Students work hard throughout the year, and this performance gave them an opportunity to publicly express their understanding of the lessons focused on Black History through music, song, dance and poetry.”
The event marked the tenth year that the school has held its Black History Month Performance since its opening in 2013. This year’s performance was in person for the first time in two years due to the pandemic.
“We have always celebrated Black History Month. In the past, teachers have used interdisciplinary instructional time to teach our students about our history while also implementing science and social studies,” Watkins said. “It was powerful for us to all come together and celebrate who we are through a historical lens.”
NAACS’s Black History Month Performance aligns with the school’s overall commitment in their credo statement. “I am unique and special, I have a purpose in life, and together we will make this a better world.”