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Paul Revere Celebrates African American Heritage

posted Mar 3, 2015, 1:08 PM by Brian Lawler   [ updated Mar 11, 2015, 12:38 AM by Erika Ehmsen ]
Each year, Paul Revere Elementary holds three cultural heritage celebrations, in honor and celebration of the history and diversity of our student body.  Last week was the African-American Heritage Celebration, which culminated on Friday night with an assembly showcasing the work our students have done in a variety of arts and enrichment programs.  This year's honored guest was the groundbreaking journalist Belva Davis, whose life and work was highlighted as part of a series of dances performed by students.  Over the last several weeks, the students have been working with Zaccho Dance Theatre on the dances that made up the heart of the program. 

We had a full schedule on Friday, with Ms. Davis joining us at 8:30am to address the students, staff, and families in attendance.  At 10am we had another assembly with performances by and for our middle school students. And we hosted a combined evening show at 5:30pm for families and friends.  And as always, a scrumptious potluck rounded out the evening!

The theme for this year was “Know Your History; Our Future is Now. A Century of Excellence: 1915-2015.” The program focused on some of the many achievements and contributions of African Americans over the past 100 years. In addition to their work with Zaccho, students in grades K-8 showcased their learning in residencies and programs provided by a range of community partners, including SF Jazz OrganizationAlive & Free/Omega Boys Club with Dr. Joseph Marshall; storyteller Kirk Waller, who came to us this year through Young Audiences; and Jennifer Cleary of ExploreVoice.

It was a fantastic event—very uplifting and very well organized!  It can be quite a challenge to get elementary school kids on and off the stage quickly, let alone have them get out on the floor and perform.  But perform they did, and they did us all proud!