Blytheville Middle School’s Family Night will be Thursday in the school’s cafeteria, with chili being served at 5:30 p.m. and the Black History Month program commencing at 6 p.m. The Family Night’s theme is “Remembering the Past, Focusing on the Future”.
The program, according to coordinator Elizabeth Williams, will feature multiple acts. It will include “stepping and strolling” from several different black fraternities and sororities, and the students are working with coach Donald Hunt and parent volunteer Anne Foreman. The students are also preparing a dance that will be choreographed by a student leader with supervision by BMS teacher Ebony Wells-Brown. BMS teachers Breanna Franklin, Devin Chambers and LaToya Riley are helping students prepare a game show featuring facts about Black History, and are also helping students prepare a few reading excerpts.
“I am helping a group of students prepare songs for the program,” Williams stated. “They have chosen ‘Glory’ by John Legend featuring Common, and ‘Break Every Chain’ by Tasha Cobbs. A student will also be playing the piano, accompanying the students who are singing.” Several students will be helping to decorate for the program and also assist behind the scenes.
Another feature during the Black History program is a fashion show that is being directed by assistant principal Louise Davis. Davis is asking community members to participate in the show.
Throughout February Middle School leaders are asking teachers to decorate their classroom doors in honor of Black History Month. Teachers of these winning doors will receive baked goods from BMS math facilitator Debra Siegler.