The school staff members at Woodlawn Middle School joined together this winter in a creative fashion to help students celebrate Black History Month a little differently. Staff at Woodlawn Middle collaborated to create a virtual bulletin board (visual and auditory) for the whole month of February highlighting a prominent Black individual each day. In most cases, the virtual bulletin board highlighted a local individual. The project was titled “Black Excellence.”
The project was developed by Crystal Taylor, School Counselor, Rhoda Graves, Assistant Principal, Linnea Coon, seventh grade ELA Teacher, Xavier Franklin, Former Data Manager, Angela Randleman, eighth grade Social StudiesTeacher, Randy Jeffries, ISS, and Woodlawn Middle School Staff.
“The presentation is linked on our school website & each grade level social studies teacher is introducing each black leader of the day recording at the beginning of their classes each day through the month of February,” explained Taylor. “We have four black staff members that pre-recorded the bio for the leaders for their week. It has been wonderful to see all the buy-in this event. Our students have a better chance of meeting many of our leaders than they do of meeting many prominent national leaders."
A total of 20 individuals are featured on the virtual bulletin board--one for each school day during the month of February.
“Woodlawn Middle School is doing it differently for our school, students, staff and community to celebrate Black History Month,” Taylor continued. “We have decided to highlight Black Excellence in Alamance County. The feedback has been more positive than during the usual Black History Celebration. We wanted our students to take pride and learn that great leaders live in their backyards. Our students have a better chance in the future of meeting these local leaders of black excellence versus a 'Barack Obama" or " Steph Curry". We wanted them to know, learn of local mentors that look like them and are very successful too.”