WMS kicks off Black History Month


By Karen Rase - [email protected]



XENIA — Warner Middle School is all set to celebrate Black History Month with a host of activities. Most will take place during lunch or fourth period.

According to a recent school press release, highlights planned for the month include:

— Ohio History Connection “Museum in a Box: Underground Railroad” Feb. 1-11

— History Bingo – Feb. 8, 15, 22 (library, each week by grade)

— Book Club Wednesday: “Finding Langston” by Lisa Cline-Ransome Feb. 9, 16, 23

— Soul Food (carry-in) Feb. 10

— CSU Band Performances Feb. 15

— PBIS Afternoon Movie: “Soul” (Disney), “A Wrinkle in Time,” “Akeelah and the Bee,” or “Black Panther” ($5 Buc Bucks, plus permission form required) Feb. 16 (2:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.)

— CSU Demonstrations: X-Plosive Dancers and Poetry Team Feb. 17

— African Dance Demonstration Feb. 25

— Storyteller Feb. 25 (second period)

“Like all cultural heritage months celebrated in schools across the country, Black History Month celebrates the customs, values, and traditions of a culture both by looking at the issues and struggles of different communities and affirming their contributions to our society,” said Dr. Gabe Lofton, superintendent. “The work put into the program this year at Warner has been extraordinary and I know that students are excited to take part in the activities.”

Ongoing activities will include a historic timeline in the hallway, posters, T-shirts (optional for students to purchase), daily trivia during lunch, and sing-a-longs with the WMS choir during advisory periods on Wednesdays. Prizes — including gift cards for local favorite restaurants — will be provided as rewards for trivia, bingo, and other activities. Students who have earned “Buc Bucks” will be able to purchase themed gifts such as bookmarks, bracelets, and pencils.

“A committee of teachers, counselors, librarians, administrators, etc., worked together to compile a list of educational programs and activities to highlight Black History Month,” said Kristy Creel, coordinator of communications.

In addition, the seventh-grade language arts students will create an African Cultural Legacy display, while eighth-grade language arts students will create a separate display reflecting on and illustrating African-American poetry.

“This is the biggest Black History Month celebration in my time at Warner Middle School and I am truly excited to see all of the fun and educational experiences that students will have this month,” said Ted Holop, principal.

Leadership students will also make daily announcements throughout the month to let other students know what events are coming up during which they will share history, songs, and poems.

By Karen Rase

[email protected]

Reach Karen Rase at 937-502-4534.

Reach Karen Rase at 937-502-4534.