Feb. 25, 2021 – With social distancing restrictions in place, Northview High School’s tradition of decorating doors and hallways for Black History Month had to take on a new form this year.
“Normally we’d be able to have each class do more interactive things,” said paraprofessional Olivia McClinton. “We always tie things in with the curriculum, and often would have food that other classes could come by and sample. But with no food and other restrictions, we had to step up our game in other ways.”
Jayne Mansfield, a teacher in the job skills lab, said she has been at Northview for 27 years and believes the tradition of decorating doors and hallways for Black History Month goes back at least to her first years at the school. She added that this year’s theme of honoring black inventors in American history matches well with her class. “As a jobs skills class, we talk about a lot of jobs and inventors.”
One of her students, Marcus, helped make their room’s door decorations. “It’s so we can learn about culture and people,” he said.
Rosita Thompson summed up the school-wide tradition as something students can take to heart: “Just like these inventors, you can do great things, also!”