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Goshen celebrates Black History Month


A geometric twist

The 6th grade Purple Team at C.J. Hooker Middle School made a colorful tessellated quilt with famous Black Americans to celebrate Black History Month.

Students were assigned figures such as Jackie Robinson, Rita Dove, Harriet Tubman, Kobe Bryant, Simone Biles and Michelle Obama.

“Learning about Black history is important me because it is important to show how great everyone is,” said Elise Bender, 11. “In the past, Black people weren’t allowed to do anything, but they proved everyone wrong. Black people can do anything.”

Middle school students stand next to a rainbow-colored, handmade tessellated paper quilt with images of famous Black Americans and their accomplishments.

Raising money for “Water to South Sudan”

ELA Teacher Elena Jordon’s students read the book “A Long Walk to Water,” by Linda Sue Park, a novel where Sudanese refugee and “lost boy” Salva Dut survives and returns to his home to drill wells, providing clean water for the people who live there.

After reading, the CJH students fundraised $250 to make a donation to Water for South Sudan by sending Valentine’s Day candy grams.

Quotable notables

Nancy Clark’s 6th grade homeroom students researched famous Black Americans. They learned about their lives, challenges, and accomplishments and created a quilt of their research and a quilt of famous quotes.

“All that you touch, you change. All that you change changes you.” – Octavia Butler

Middle school students smile together in front of a handmade paper quilt with images of famous Black Americans and their quotes with the text "Some amazing African American Heroes!" next to it.

Intermediate School researchers share their findings

“My students each researched a Black American who has had an impact on our country,” said Jennifer Capozzi, a third grade teacher at GIS. “They read various websites and books, took notes, and then made a Google Slide highlighting these contributions and accomplishments.”

Students learned about Mae Jemison, George Washington Carver, Madam C.J. Walker, Thurgood Marshall, Bessie Coleman, Mary Jackson, Jackie Robison, Harriet Tubman, and many more.