During the month of February, students and staff will participate in Black History Month events and activities, including the board's annual Spotlight on Black Heritage events on Feb. 7 and 8 at the HJA Brown Education Centre. More than 500 students and staff will participate in workshops led by Peel staff, and hear from social change activist Toni Morgan, along with newly-appointed Ontario Minister of Education, Indira Naidoo-Harris at the Feb. 7 event.
"Although Black History Month takes place in February, the Peel board is working to integrate the experiences, culture and achievements Black Canadians in all curriculum areas to ensure this important learning continues throughout the year" says Peter Joshua, director of education. "We are thrilled Minister Naidoo-Harris will help inspire our students to continue to shine the spotlight on Black heritage in their schools and communities."
Many Black History Month activities will take place across Peel schools during the month of February, including:
- Balmoral Drive Sr. Public School in Brampton will hold the 'Global Arts Festival' on Feb. 7 at 6 p.m. to honour diversity and celebrate the work of African-Canadian artists. The event, which is organized by students of Balmoral, will feature arts, music and dance performances.
- At Marvin Heights Public School in Mississauga, students will read about Black Canadians, learn their contributions and create an individual text book. Students will also create wall art and attend the school assembly on Feb. 28.
- Ellwood Memorial Public School in Caledon will hold an assembly on Feb. 22 where students will share literature in celebration of Black History Month. On Feb. 23, students will attend a theatrical production by Power Filled Youth at the school.
Follow along on Twitter, using the hashtag #PeelBlackHistory.
The Spotlight on Black Heritage events run from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the HJA Brown Education Centre, located at 5650 Hurontario St. in Mississauga. Black Heritage artwork from students will be on display in the atrium for the month of February. Balmoral Drive Sr. is located at 233 Balmoral Dr. in Brampton. Marvin Heights is located at 7455 Redstone Rd. in Mississauga. Ellwood Memorial is located at 35 Ellwood Dr. East in Bolton.
Audrey Crasto, School Communications Assistant, 905-890-1010, ext. 3360, [email protected]