March 1, 2018
Peel schools celebrate Black Heritage Month
Students and staff from across the Peel District School Board celebrated Black Heritage Month with a variety of events and activities to learn about and recognize the rich Black heritage of our communities, country and around the globe.
For the 2017-18 school year, the Peel board shared its We Rise Together 2017-18 year one action plan to "identify, understand, minimize and eliminate marginalization experienced by Black males in Peel schools." This action plan is in part of the Board's Plan for Student Success, "achieve inclusion for all through our continuous progress on equity."
Below is an overview of some of the activities that took place across the Peel Board.
Balmoral Drive Senior Public School
Balmoral Drive Sr. Public School was awarded $1,700 from the Ministry of Education's Speak Up Project Grant for their student-led initiatives in part of the Peel Board's We Rise Together action plan. Through the funds, students and staff organized its Global Arts Night to host a community event complete with science and crafts displays, music, artwork, dance, food and refreshments. Students also hosted a career day and invited community members to talk about their careers and personal journeys.
Meadowvale Secondary School
Meadowvale Secondary School students and staff teamed up with Meadowvale graduate, playwright and national SLAM poetry champion, Luke Reece, to host the school's Truth in the Lecture Hall, a poetry event on Feb. 23. The event offered its platform for young poets to deliver their original poetry in various styles, including spoken word, with fellow classmates and community. The poetry showcase focused on social wellness and celebrated the themes of social awareness and expression of truth.
Fairlawn Public School
Fairlawn Public School hosted its annual Black Heritage Month museum. Students and staff recognized the contributions by the Black community around the world by creating and showcasing artwork, traditional African masks, poetry, freedom quilts and more.
Central Peel Secondary School
Central Peel Secondary School welcomed renown poet, Dwayne Morgan, five-time Juno Award winner, Exco Levi and Juno nominee, Ammoye Evansm, to share their personal journeys as Black Canadians on Feb. 16. The school also hosted Ballet Creole, a dance company specializing in combining African and Caribbean culture with European dance traditions
To see what other Peel schools did to celebrate Black Heritage Month, please view our #PeelBlackHistory Twitter Moment.