Leal MS is paying tribute to Black History Month with several events throughout the campus.
Seventh grade ELA teachers Olivia Robinson and Maribel Hermosillo arranged a special screening of the 2014 film ‘Selma’ on Valentine’s Day. Students learned all about the march from Selma to Montgomery led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in class and got a chance to see it chronicled in the film.
The screening was set up in the school gym after school and was open to all sixth, seventh and eighth grade students. In true movie theatre fashion, popcorn and other snacks were on sale to help raise funds for a field trip to watch ‘Hidden Figures’ at the Palladium.
‘Hidden Figures’ follows the story of three African-American women mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the US space program.
The field trip will take place on Feb. 25 and each student will get a free drink and popcorn. The more funds raised, the more eligible students will be able to go.
“Students can become eligible by either attending two STAAR testing tutoring sessions or they can participate in the black history poetry writing contest and attend the ‘Selma’ film screening,” Hermosillo explained.
Along with the ‘Hidden Figures’ field trip and the ‘Selma’ film screening, the campus held a poetry writing contest, a door decorating contest and they’ve been honoring different black leaders, athletes, scholars, innovators, inventors, scientists and mathematicians.
“Every single day our principal Ms. Balleza honors somebody in history who has contributed and who is part of the black community,” Hermosillo added. “In our classes we share and have a discussion about those folks and how much they have contributed. The culture and the climate around our campus has been really supportive and there’s just so much energy around Black History Month.”
Motivational speaker Dr. Ron Kelley, who is part of the 100 Black Men in America, will give a presentation on Feb. 22. Additionally, Dr. LaGuana Gray, a professor from the African American History Department at UTSA, will give a presentation on Feb. 23.