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George L. Cooke Elementary School celebrates black history

March 15, 2017

students pose during family night at cookeGeorge L. Cooke Elementary School celebrated Black History Month with an essay contest, where the students submitted a piece of artwork or essay that examined a notable event or person who has shaped black history and how he or she inspires them.

“Monticello Central School District has such a diverse school community and it is important for all students to become familiar with other cultural backgrounds,” replied Shannon Daniel, EPIC Co-Facilitator, who is the visionary person for the Black History Month Essay Writing Contest. .

One second-grade student, Priyal Patel chose Ruby Bridges, and wrote, “Ruby Bridges was the first African-American student at William Frantz Elementary School. Ruby handled the difficult role forced on her as a child with so much courage. She taught me how to be brave in any situation.”

Participants were invited to a Family Reading Night sponsored by EPIC (Every Person Influences Children) at the school on February 27, where they received certificates of recognition and prizes. Attendees enjoyed story time, crafts and refreshments.
This was an awesome event,” Chase Principal Sandra Johnson-Fields said. “We had over 68 families in attendance to participate in this night. We look forward in seeing Family Reading Night/ Black History Month Essay Writing Contest continue next year”.