Peel District School Board schools will provide students with fulsome learning opportunities in the classroom to help celebrate the many achievements and contributions of Black Canadians during Black History Month in February and throughout the school year. Students and staff will participate in a number of activities to learn and deepen their understanding of the rich culture, heritage and contributions of Black Canadians and Black communities around the world.
“Black History Month is a time to honour the legacy of Black Canadians – past and present – who’ve helped shape the Canada we know today,” says Peter Joshua, director of education. “To help schools recognize and celebrate this month and to ensure that this important learning continues throughout the school year, the board has developed and shared resources for classroom and professional learning with our school communities.”
Many Black History Month activities are taking place in Peel schools in February, including:
- At Artesian Drive Public School in Mississauga, students will participate in a Black Excellence showcase speakers’ series on Feb. 3. On Feb. 10, Kingsley Alexander, a professional boxer and motivational speaker, will speak to students about the importance of discipline and goal-setting. A storytelling session with renowned author, Itah Sadu, will be held on Feb. 20 to teach students about the rich oral traditions of Africa, the Caribbean and North America.
- Louise Arbour Secondary School in Brampton will hold assemblies with inspirational and motivational speakers highlighting Black excellence, including a presentation by Dr. Andrew Campbell, professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) on Feb. 25. A food expo, spoken word poetry, drum line presentation, and stepping activities have been planned throughout the month. Bulletin boards celebrating the contributions of Black Canadians will be displayed.
- Ellwood Memorial Public School in Caledon will hold in-class activities in honour of Black History Month. Morning announcements will be made by the school’s cultural group to recognize the importance of celebrating all communities and cultures throughout the year. A school assembly with a drumming musical presentation is planned for students later in the month.
Black History Month artwork from students across the board will be on display in the atrium of the HJA Brown Education Centre throughout the month of February.
Follow our social media channels, including the hashtag #PeelBlackHistory, throughout February.
Andrew Greenhow, principal, Ellwood Memorial Public School, 905-857-3021
Raquel Walker, principal, Artesian Drive Public School, 905-820-7786
Sharon Kuhl, principal, Louise Arbour Secondary School, 905-793-5451
Audrey Crasto, School Communications Assistant, 905-890-1010, ext. 3360, [email protected]