The Riverhead Charter School hosted its first annual Black History Month Celebration last night at the Riverhead Free Library. There was singing, dancing, an art gallery and video presentations.
Families packed the downstairs rooms to watch the students perform. Each grade displayed their artwork (see photos below) as well as written biographies on famous African American figures.
“Everybody walked away with a piece of something,” said principal Raymond Ankrum Sr. “We gave them a variety of things to be proud of.”
Ankrum said the kids were very proud of themselves, “With so much focus on the common core, we try to do anything we can to let them step out of the box.”
Duke Ellington’s Satin Doll was performed on saxophone by J’La Ray. Walk With Me Lord by Mahalia Jackson was sung by Reina Love and Billie Holiday’s God Bless the Child was performed by Nylah Torres.
There were group performances of the Black National Anthem, Lift Every Voice and Sing, a Motown Medley and a step performance. Julianna Salcedo read her biography of First Lady Michelle Obama. Chloe Dereme read her biography of singer Whitney Houston. The audience also viewed a video on black history projects filmed by kindergarten through seventh grade students.