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Black History Month at Cooke Elementary School

Updated on Feb. 25: Due to anticipated inclement weather, the Cooke Elementary School Family Reading Night has been postponed and will now take place on Thursday, Mar. 10. We apologize for the inconvenience.


Feb. 18, 2016

The George L. Cooke Elementary School is encouraging all students to participate in its first Black History Month Essay Contest. Students are asked to submit a piece of artwork or essay that examines a notable event or person that has shaped black history and how it inspires them.

Students were given a list of people, places or events which have shaped African-American history and asked to choose one for the contest.

Essays will be judged on creativity, subject analysis, structure and clarity, as well as spelling and grammar. Winners will be announced and prizes will be handed out on Thursday, Mar. 10 at Family Reading Night, hosted by Every Person Influences Children (EPIC). There will be cake and refreshments for all who attend.

“Additionally, Family Reading Night will be filled with fun activities, family workshops, free resources and books,” EPIC Program Manager Jane Sorensen said. “We’re pleased to welcome members from the Monticello Kiwanis Club, Literacy Volunteers of Sullivan County and Crawford Library.”

For more information, or to RSVP, please download the RSVP form here.

Contest Details:

  • Topic: Students in asked to select a notable event or person that shaped black history. How has your subject shaped America’s history, and what lessons from them inspire you?
  • Eligibility: The contest is open for all Cooke Elementary School students, grades K-5. Students in grades 2-5 will submit an essay; kindergarten and first grade students will submit a drawing that depicts a notable event or person that shaped black history.
  • Deadline: Entries must be submitted to their teacher by Feb. 12.
  • Winners: Prized will be given to first, second and third place. Honorable mentions will be given to a student in each grade. There will also be activities and refreshments for all who attend Family Reading Night.
  • Prizes: Prizes will be given out during the month’s culminating Family Reading Night event on Thursday, Mar. 10 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Cooke Elementary School. In addition, every student who entered into the contest will take part in an in-school celebration where they will receive a gift certificate for a free ice cream cone at Stewart’s.