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District 300 Celebrates Black History Month


District 300 is proud to celebrate Black History Month during February! 

During February, District 300 will host four Black History Month Read Aloud Livestream Events where a District 300 staff member or a community member will read a book celebrating African American culture. All events are scheduled from 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the District 300 YouTube Channel:

The live reading event schedule is as follows:

  • February 3: Adrian Harries (Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) will read The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander

  • February 10: Joshua Perdomo (Director of English Learner Services and World Languages) will read The Day You Begin / El Día en que Descubres Quién by Jacqueline Woodson

  • February 17: Dr. Dexter Ball (Pastor of Faithwalk Harvest Center) will read Hair
    Love by Matthew A. Cherry

  • February 24: Superintendent Heid will read That is My Dream! by Langston Hughes 

In addition, Mr. Harries will visit classes (virtually) on February 3 to read The Undefeated to students. And, throughout the entire month, classrooms throughout the district will provide students with informative and engaging activities.

District 300 invites families to participate in our Black History Month Family Reading Challenge. As part of this challenge, families are encouraged to read titles by black authors and engage in learning about black history outside of school. Students in grades K-12 who provide evidence of participation will receive a certificate and, with parent/guardian approval, can have their photo posted to District 300’s Facebook page.

Families interested in participating in the Black History Month Reading Challenge can do so by accessing the Black History Month page through PowerSchool Learning (PSL). The page is located under the “Extras” tab. Once on the page, parents or students can look for the “Family Reading Challenge” link located in the menu on the left side of the screen. 

District 300 looks forward to celebrating Black History Month with our community.