JES Observes Moments in Black History

JES Observes Moments in Black History
Posted on 02/27/2020
Constance Gantt, 4th grade teacher at Johnston Elementary loves to collect books for her class and personal library. While book shopping a few months ago, she happened upon two books to add to her own collection, Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History and Little Leaders: Bold Men in Black History, written by Vashti Harrison. Once she got the books home, she realized how they needed to be shared not only with her students but all the students at JES. She spoke to the principal, Tammy Martin, and they agreed that the ideal time to share would be during the morning announcements during February, Black History month.
Each morning during announcements, a 4th grader shared important facts about an “Unsung Hero” from Black History. Some of these “Unsung Heroes” include: Floyd Norman, Mary Eliza Mahoney, Nichelle Harris, Fritz Pollard, and George Dixon.
When asked about having students as the readers, Ms. Gantt stated, “It is very important to give students the opportunity to use their voices. Habit #8 of The Leader in Me is, ‘Find your voice and inspire others find theirs’. What better way for students to use their voice and hopefully discover their talents while encouraging and helping others.” Johnston Elementary is guiding their students in discovering their talents as preparation for a future beyond high school.

5 students stand with their teacher holding a book about Mae Jamison

Pictured with Ms. Gantt are Paetyn Crouch, Charlotte O’Neal, Lucy Whatley, Azaria Butler, and DeMari Arrington.
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