To celebrate Black History Month, the Arlington Career Center’s planning committee has planned activities and lectures that highlight the many contributions that African American citizens have made to our community and our world (February African American History Inventors). The majority of the activities will take place during lunch time from 12:30-1:40 PM. Additionally, there will be morning announcements made in both English and Spanish starting on February 1, 2018.
Week 1: February 5-9 The Village/Community An African Proverb which means that everyone works together to help raise the children of the community, in our case, it’s our Career Center community and family. Committee members, and students will be passing out a Copy of February African American History Proverbs with treats to staff. Bookmarks will be distributed with the events of the month to everyone. These bookmarks will also be located at the security desk in the front of the Commons.
Week 2: February 12-16 Kwanzaa is a secular festival observed by many African Americans from December 26 – January 1st that celebrates cultural heritage, traditions and values. A table display will be in the commons during this week. We invite everyone to visit the table and learn about the concepts of Kwanzaa. Also, please see the large screen in The Commons in which the pre-school students from Infant Care will recite a Black History Poem organized by Ms. Erin Jackson.
Week 3: February 19-23 Cooperative Economics The Cosmetology department will be conducting a fundraiser to support the research of Sickle Cell Anemia, which is a blood disorder that affects the African American community in a great way. The donations will go to Howard University’s Sickle Cell Research Center. We encourage students and staff to participate. The Cosmetology department will create and distribute flyers for this event.
Week 4: February 26-28 Know Thy Self Mr. Nesbitt-Gaines will be distributing an activity worksheet to students in all programs to fill out. The sheet will display a blank family tree. The purpose is to help students learn about their lineage. Learning about family history has been the center of many African American families for decades. The sheets will then be returned into Mr. Nesbitt Gaines the following day. More information will be forth coming.