Even though our students have been participating in distance learning, WUSD schools have found many ways to take part in celebrating Black History Month.
70 students from Washington Union High School attended the African American Student Leadership Conference hosted by the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools. Joining students from throughout the Central Valley, students were able to hear from local leaders and participate in discussion groups. Washington Union Black Student Union President, Jordan Nutt, was a featured participant and was honored for his work with County Superintendent of Schools African American Student Advisory Cabinet. Nutt was joined by Washington Union student, Airiqua Goodman, who sits on the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools Ujima board. An additional 30 WUSD staff members and West Fresno Middle School students also participated in this important event.
West Fresno Elementary hosted a family read-aloud featuring stories written by Black authors and illustrators. Students were able to participate via Google Meet to hear their favorite WFE staff members read stories about Black History.
Washington Union High School’s Intervention Specialist and Varsity Football coach, Paul Holland, continues to promote Black History education for all WUSD staff by highlighting notable African-American figures throughout the month. The WUSD Diversity team also provided meaningful education about Black History Month through a recorded interview with West Fresno Middle School teacher, Mark Hill.
Many teachers throughout the district took the opportunity to teach students about the importance of the rich contribution of Black citizens throughout American history. Through reading books, art projects, and research assignments, students have been challenged and inspired.