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Benton Heights Join Together In Celebration

Mr. James Wagner(Music Teacher)pictured beating the drum with students, while Ms. Lohry (Dance Teacher) dances with students on stage.

The students at Benton Heights Elementary School of the Arts kicked off Black History Month with a scavenger hunt. “Posters of famous African American inventors were placed throughout the school,” said Mrs. Janice Brown, teacher assistant, “We had one inventor for each letter of the alphabet from A to Z.” Mrs. Brown told us, “This gave the children and opportunity to learn about many different people, inventions and have fun doing it.”

Rhythm, Rhyme and Ragtime was a performance that our students, faculty and community worked together to present on Thursday, February 23rd, 2012. The performances highlighted the African Rhythm influences on dance, poetry, stepping and music. Mrs. Brown who also helped with the performance said, “We had two performances during the day for our children and one in the evening for the community, both performances were excellent!”

The performers included approximately 60 kindergarteners and second graders who opened the show with an African welcome dance, Fanga A La Fia. Mr. Tom Stewart’s (teacher) fourth grade class studied a poem “Harlem” by Walter Dean Myers, and rewrote it. They performed a nontraditional dance as the poem was read. Mrs. Amanda Anderson’s (teacher) fourth grade class serenaded the crowd with a song about Rosa Parks, Thurgood Marshall and Martin Luther King Monroe Middle School’s step team had the audience on their feet.

Thanks to all of the students, staff and community that have helped to make Black History Month a success. A special thanks to Mrs. Janice Brown and Ms. Christina Lohry, dance teacher, who were the lead teachers for this performance.


Written by: Robin Pettit, Computer Technology Instructor
Posted: Mar 02, 2012 by Robin Pettit

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