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Celebrating Black History Month: Three Charter Schools in the Media

Celebrating Black History Month: Three Charter Schools in the Media

February 26, 2024

As February unfolds, communities across America honor and celebrate Black History Month. This annual observance is a time to recognize and amplify the contributions, achievements, and resilience of Black individuals throughout history. In recent years, charter schools have played a significant role in shaping how students learn about Black history and culture, fostering environments that prioritize inclusivity, diversity, and empowerment.  

We shine a spotlight on three charter schools in the media this month that have demonstrated outstanding commitment to commemorating Black History Month and promoting Black excellence. 

1. Jones-Avondale Meadows Middle School: “Indianapolis Charter School teaches the importance of Black Excellence”

Jones-Avondale Meadows Middle School, a 5-8th grade charter school in Indiana, stands out as a beacon of educational excellence and cultural awareness in Indiana, as highlighted in local news. Throughout Black History Month and lived every day in its mission, the school goes above and beyond to emphasize the importance of Black excellence in shaping our world. 

“When we do things, they have to be able to see themselves.” – Assistant Principal Ciara Jones on WRTV 

By fostering a deep understanding of Black history and its significance, Jones-Avondale Meadows Middle School empowers its students—who are 94% Black—to embrace their heritage, pursue their passions, and strive for greatness. 

2. Odyssey Charter School: “Odyssey Charter hosts Oli Mazi (Together We Stand) celebration – with serious talk as well”

Delaware’s Odyssey Charter School is dedicated to creating a vibrant and inclusive learning environment where students feel valued, empowered, and inspired. This Black History Month, the school hosted the “Oli Mazi: Together We Stand” celebration, a testament to its commitment to unity and solidarity.  

The event featured thought-provoking discussions, cultural performances, and collaborative projects that highlighted the interconnectedness of humanity and the importance of standing together in the face of adversity.  

3. Vertus Charter School: “Vertus Charter School kicks off Black History Month”

In Rochester, New York, Vertus Charter School is leading the charge in celebrating Black History Month with pride and purpose. The school kicked off the month-long festivities with a series of engaging activities and events designed to educate, inspire, and empower students.  

From historical reenactments and art exhibitions to poetry slams and community service projects, Vertus Charter School provides students with a myriad of opportunities to explore and celebrate Black culture and heritage.  

As we reflect on the significance of Black History Month, let us commend these charter schools and countless others for their unwavering dedication to honoring Black excellence, fostering inclusivity, and empowering the next generation of leaders. Together, we can continue to celebrate diversity, champion equality, and build a brighter future for all.

Melinda Tolliver is the director of digital strategy at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. 

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