Clarkston Elementary School comes alive with American heroes for Black History Month

Published on Friday, 17 February 2017 20:18 - Written by CORY MCCOY, comccoy@tylerpaper.com

Clarkston Elementary School came alive with the sights and sounds of historic figures. Students participated in the school’s second annual Black History Living Museum on Friday.

More than 70 students studied historic African-Americans before getting into character to teach their peers, Media and Technology Specialist Lindsey Zea said.

“We were looking for something to do to bring history alive and help our students learn about black history,” Zea said. “It’s something they need to know.”

Students lined the halls as parents and classmates stopped at each statue to learn about their character.

“It’s a little wild and crazy but they love learning about the person they’re portraying,” Zea said. “It really helps them understand these were real people, and they were impactful in our world.”

Jabryn Carston, 9, portrayed Booker T. Washington.

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“He didn’t know what day or month he was born, but he always wanted to learn to read and write,” he said. “He was an inspiration for others.”

Carston said he chose Washington because he also loves to read.

After seeing the film, “Hidden Figures,” Gracyn Campbell, 10, decided she wanted to portray NASA scientist Katherine Johnson.

“I like what she did and saw the new movie,” she said. “I want to be an archeologist. I love history.”

Campbell said her favorite part of the process was being able to dress up and get into character.

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