Black History Month Celebrated at Notre Dame's Lower Division

Black History Month concluded this week, and the students at Notre Dame Marist Academy - Lower Division finished their own month-long observances with a trip to the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit. The entire school, from junior kindergartners to fifth graders, spent the day February 26 touring the facility's many exhibits, including the Children's Discovery Room, specifically tailored for pre-K-through-3rd grade children, and the "And Still We Rise: Our Journey through African American History and Culture Exhibit." 

Emily Giacona is the lower division's International Baccalaureate coordinator and associate dean of admissions. She said the exhibit creatively presented the story of emancipation in an innovative, age-appropriate manner through interactive technologies, storytelling, music and live acting. "It's a wonderful tool for teachers and group leaders to introduce their children to a complex part of American history," Giacona said. "Our students even reenacted what a protest looks like by making their own signs."
At the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, NDMA lower division students reenacted what a protest looks like by making their own signs.
During the month of February, students in the lower division also celebrated Black History Month in other ways as well. For example, the first-grade class studied Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King in connection with the students' IB unit of inquiry on "Where We Are in Place and Time." And the second graders learned about Rosa Parks, MLK and Harriet Tubman, and performed a Harriet Tubman Reader's Theater.
About Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy
Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy is a private, Catholic, independent, coeducational day school located in Oakland County. The school's upper division enrolls students in grades nine through twelve and has been named one of the nation's best 50 Catholic high schools (Acton Institute) four times since 2005. Notre Dame's middle and lower divisions enroll students in jr. kindergarten through grade eight. All three divisions are International Baccalaureate "World Schools." NDPMA is conducted by the Marist Fathers and Brothers and is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States and the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement. For more on Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy, visit the school's home page at
(March 2, 2013)