Round-robin classroom setting gives Minisink Valley Elementary students an enriched Black History Month learning experience

teacher instructing classA group of Minisink Valley Elementary School teachers continued their special event programming in round-robin classroom setting style for Black History Month in February.

Each teacher chose a person who was a pioneer in their field. They introduced their students to that selected person and discussed  what he/she was famous for and how he/she impacted  history.

Some of the people addressed in this project were: NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson;  Louis Armstrong, one of the world’s most influential jazz musicians; and Mae Jenison, an engineer, teacher instructing classphysician, and former NASA astronaut who was the first black woman to travel into space aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour.

Also spotlighted were inventor, businessman and community leader Garrett Morgan, who created the first traffic light;  President Barack Obama;  and Jackie Robinson, the first black man accepted into Major League Baseball when he played first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, among others.

Their special programming work will continue throughout the rest of the school year.

See more photos on the district’s Facebook page.