Students at Reed Elementary wrapped up a month of learning during Black History Month with a donation to the TEAM Food Pantry in Florissant.
EmpowerME, a Reed student group, organized a full month of Black History Month activities for the school, including a food drive.
The school collected and donated seven 32-gallon containers and 30 boxes full of food and hygienic items; EmpowerME also visited TEAM and took a tour of the facility.
TEAM, which stands for The Emergency Assistance Ministry, provides supplemental food and basic household items for needy families on a once-per-month basis.
Along with the food drive, the school’s Black History Month activities included:
- A virtual field trip to the Missouri History Museum
- Learning about the Divine Nine
- A Periodic Table of Black History with QR codes posted by the cafeteria
- A section of Black history books available in the school library
- Contributing to a schoolwide freedom quilt
- A slide show of famous African Americans on building TV screens
- Daily Black history facts during school announcements
- Black History Month trivia for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade students
- A scavenger hunt for kindergarten and 1st grade students based on the book Where is Sweet Clara?
- Both a kickoff and closing assembly for the school to commemorate the month
“Thank you to teachers Jasmine Peterson and Chrysten Sailor for organizing a wonderful Black History Month,” said Reed Elementary Principal Dr. Chris Schreiner.
“The best part of the experience is that our students were allowed to drive the activities.”
EmpowerME is for students of African descent and is dedicated to fostering the success of Black students academically, socially, and emotionally.