It was a day of reading, eating, dancing and community. Gatewood Elementary celebrated the end of Black History Month with a special event that featured community readers, a lunch buffet and an all-school assembly. The celebration took place on February 22, the last Friday in February.
For the entire month, Gatewood students have studied Black History Month through the theme of "Heroes – Past, Present and Future." Chantele Burgess, a paraprofessional at Gatewood helped create a variety of activities that celebrated the theme, which she said fits with Gatewood's mission of creating a respectful community of academic excellence where everyone feels valued and respected.
To kick off the month, students were greeted by veterans as they arrived to school. The veterans represented "heroes of the present." Last Friday, community members were invited to read books about Black History to students. The characters in the books represented "heroes of the past." The day ended with an all-school assembly honoring the "heroes of the future," the students.
"It was wonderful to have our guests in our building taking student-guided tours, reading to classes, mingling with staff, and cheering students on," said Burgess. "There was a special vibe in the building that day, and everyone could feel that Gatewood is a special place."