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Clara H. Carlson’s Assembly Honors African American Humanitarians

In recognition of Black History Month, Clara H. Carlson School invited its students to tune into the virtual assembly “African American Humanitarians: Past and Present,” on Feb. 26.

The shared video was a schoolwide effort, as both in-person and virtual students from grades K-6 contributed and assistant principals Richard Mansfield and Natalie Nelson put it together. Utilizing a virtual newscast theme, the students recognized African American humanitarians such as Maya Angelou, Ruby Bridges, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., John Robert Lewis, Rosa Parks and Jackie Robinson. Students collaborated on poetry readings and song performances, as well as highlighted these important figures for making history by showing kindness and compassion.

Students also honored local heroes Elmont Union Free School District Board President Michael Jaime, Jamaica Square Civic Association President Claudine Hall and New York State Assemblywoman Michaelle Solages. The students virtually interviewed Hall, Jaime and Solages, asking them questions like, “How do you show kindness and compassion?”

Following the video, the assembly concluded with a virtual presentation of Humanitarian Awards to the three local heroes.

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