February 1, 2017

We Rise Together – Peel board students, families and staff take action, inspire hope and empower voices in celebration of Black History Month

Peel students, families and staff will celebrate Black History Month by participating in classroom activities and events taking place across Peel schools. The month will be highlighted by the board's annual Spotlight on Black Heritage events which will take place at the HJA Brown Education Centre on Feb. 8 and 9. These two events will bring together more than 500 students and staff to listen to a keynote address by youth mentor Koryn Stanley and participate in interactive workshops facilitated by community leaders. Canadian social justice advocate and politician Jean Augustine will make a special address to students and staff at the Feb. 9 event.

"These activities and events give students an opportunity to strengthen their understanding of the heritage, culture and achievements of Black Canadians, " says Tony Pontes, director of education. "While we celebrate Black history Month in February, schools are committed to recognizing the importance of celebrating all communities and cultures throughout the year."

To help students, families and staff celebrate Black History Month, the Peel board is sharing 28 days of activities that can be done in the classroom or at home. We encourage people to share their activities on social media and use the hashtag #PeelBlackHistory.

Black History Month activities will take place across Peel schools throughout the month of February. Oakridge Public School in Mississauga will be holding a hip hop workshop and a kindness assembly to help students understand the meaning of caring, sharing and giving. In addition, there will be Black Canadian history presentations provided by speakers from Passages Canada.

At Balmoral Drive Sr. Public School in Brampton, an assembly will be held on Feb. 16 to educate students on why we must celebrate Black History Month. A martial art Capoeira group will also join the assembly to present the historical significance.

Staff and students at Mayfield Secondary School in Caledon have put together a variety of informative productions to run in the cafeteria for several days throughout the month.

The Spotlight on Black Heritage events will run from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the HJA Brown Education Centre, located at 5650 Hurontario St. in Mississauga. Students in grades 7 to 12 will participate on Feb. 8 and students in grades 2 to 6 will attend on Feb. 9. Black Heritage artwork from students will be on display in the atrium. Oakridge Public School is located at 2060 Stonehouse Crescent in Mississauga. Balmoral Drive Sr. Public School is located at 233 Balmoral Drive in Brampton. Mayfield is located at 5000 Mayfield Rd. in Caledon. ​

Reference: Nikki Johal, Communications Assistant, 905-890-1010, ext. 2098, [email protected]

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