As we close out another month of school, I want to take a moment to reflect on the fantastic things that happened around Patrick Henry throughout February. We celebrated Black History Month not only with our Black History Month Talent Show (see this special edition of the Patrick Henry Post for more photos of our amazing performers), but also with our classroom research projects and learning experiences. Our teachers took this month to hone in on the incredible history and legacy of Black Americans. Teachers gave students the opportunity to explore inventors, doctors, scientists, musicians, artists, athletes, teachers, professors, astronauts, moms, dads, grandparents, and so many Black Americans who changed the world for the better. I want to thank our teachers for providing the time, energy, and resources to give our students the chance to celebrate and learn about this legacy of excellence, and allow it to inspire our students for their own futures. As we all know, Black History Month is a dedicated time to celebrate, but Black history is American history, and we will continue to learn, celebrate, and honor Black history throughout the school year.
This month we also celebrated Valentine's Day, a day filled with love and friendship. It was not until I worked in an elementary school that I fully appreciated Valentine's Day. In this world of young students and their teachers, Valentine's Day is really a celebration of all things kind. We pass out little gifts to our friends, we give extra hugs, and we tell each other how much we love each other. This is another celebration that though there's a designated day for it, we also celebrate love throughout the school year. I love working at a school where we truly feel the love every day from our students, staff, families, and community partners.