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February 10th, 2009
San Marcos schools celebrate black history


SUBMITTED PHOTO by LINDA CONTRERAS

San Marcos High School students Joseph Pacheco and Dorian Perez read Black History Month posters.


SUBMITTED REPORT

Black History Month is a remembrance of important people and events in the history of African Americans, and February is the month that our nation sets aside annually for observances. At San Marcos High School, students are experiencing history through activities themed “Lift Every Voice and Sing: SMHS Celebrates African American Youth.”

Ongoing activities throughout February include special posters in the hallways and around the campus, art exhibits in cases outside the art classrooms, and book displays in the library. There are daily announcements about famous Black youth, and there is a campus-wide poetry contest. During the week of February 16-20, there will be a Black History Month trivia game conducted in the library.

In addition, the SMHS cafeteria workers are preparing menus highlighting foods associated with African American heritage and featuring them each week on Wednesdays. There are also special presentations during the lunch period that include slide shows and concerts by the SMHS Jazz Band and the Anointed Voices Choir.

Monday, February 23, students will hear guest speaker Rance Olison in the Theatre during 5th period (2 p.m.). Olison is a former NFL player, high school football coach, and teacher. The poetry and art contest winners will be recognized at the monthly meeting of the San Marcos CISD school board at 6 p.m. in the Central Office Boardroom.

— FROM SAN MARCOS CISD/IRIS CAMPBELL

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