I teach in a Title I school. Many of our students live in single parent homes. The number of English Language Learners increase each year. Most of our students get breakfast at school and a sizable number are part of the Backpack Program where students take home a bag of food over the weekend. The surrounding neighborhoods have what the students call "candy stores." These are not official stores, but someone's resident where you can purchase snacks. There are no signs, but the children know where they are. The students utilize these stores, especially on the weekend.
I understand my students, because I attended school with kids just like mine.
This year we chose the theme "The Harlem Renaissance" for our annual African American History Program. Custumes such as, Swing Dresses, Flapper Dresses, and News Boy Caps will help students get into character as they perform skits and routines from the Harlem Renaissance period.
Students explore the rich history of the Harlem neighborhood in New York City as an African American cultural mecca.
Students also learn about the social and artistic explosion that resulted and enabled African Americans to contribute with pride, to literature, music, stage performance, and art. Notable figures of the time will be showcased as students visit the time.
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