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Wednesday February 28, 2018 at 10:51am Age: 291 days
Category: Otisville Elementary


Encouraging children to reach their full potential involves creating opportunities for character development. During Black History Month, Otisville students learned about the lives and impact of prominent African-American figures whose values and convictions conquered formidable barriers, and changed history. 

Mrs. Louey and Mrs. Frawley’s students read the photographic biography, “Promises to Keep: How Jackie Robinson Changed America,” written by daughter, Sharon Robinson. They discussed the meaning of the nine values that sustained Robinson in the pursuit of his baseball dream, across the sport’s race divide: citizenship, commitment, courage, determination, excellence, integrity, justice, persistence, and teamwork.

Each student is now developing an essay about a personal barrier they face, and the values they rely on to overcome it. Their essays will be entered into a national Scholastic contest in March.

Mrs. Mynder's students 
learned about Ruby Bridges, the first African-American child to desegregate an elementary school in Louisiana, and Martin Luther King, Jr. and the civil rights movement. They are now making connection with Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad through the reading of “Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt” by Deborah Hopkinson.

Combining this reading with Jackie Robinson’s biography, and a social studies unit on the Columbian Exchange (between the Americas and the Old World in the 1400-1500s), Mrs. Mynder’s class will create a timeline of historic events, from the 1400s to the present.

In Mrs. Fenfert's music class, students engaged in a jazz unit, learning about and listening to different  jazz genres and their greatest musicians. Each student researched and wrote about an African-American jazz composer/musician of their choice.

The most luxurious possession, the richest treasure anybody has, is his personal dignity.
--Jackie Robinson