February 1st marked the beginning of Black History Month; a month where we recognize and celebrate the contributions of African Americans throughout history. Black History Month is also a time to reflect on the continued struggle for racial justice.

Monterey Bay Charter School faculty and administration are dedicated to honoring Black History Month with meaningful discussions and assignments for our students. We believe it is crucial we teach our children, regardless of race, ethnicity or background, the truths of our past, the current conditions we live in, and what changes we must make to create a more diverse and inclusive world for everyone.

Throughout February, we will be sharing our students’ work with our community. Our second grade students are learning about Harriet Tubman and George Washington Carver. They are also reading, “One is The Patchwork Path: A Quilt Map to Freedom” to go along with the story of Harriet Tubman. They will be designing patch work quilts of paper, using some of the design codes from the 1800’s. Other classes are learning about famous black scientists and planning science lessons to complement their stories. Our eighth grade students are traveling back in time to America’s Reconstruction Era. Phenomenal guest speakers are joining our classrooms, such as DLAMP Middle School English Teacher & Women’s Studies Minor Ms. Kelly Starnes, who is delivering remarkable and inspiring presentations to our young scholars on the history of The Women’s Rights Movement. In addition, our very own MBCS 7th Grade Teacher, Mr. Steven Starks, is teaching students about his family’s history and their profound role in The Civil Rights Movement.

This week, we would like to share beautiful pieces of poetry created by Mrs. Allaire’s eighth grade students. We have included their “I Am From” masterpieces and they are extraordinary. Thank you parents for allowing us to share your student’s work with our community.

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Monterey Bay Charter School is dedicated to equity and inclusion for all. We will honor and celebrate the amazing contributions of African Americans during Black History Month and throughout the year. We will strengthen and uphold the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion in all areas of the community.

We look forward to sharing more of our students’ masterpieces with you!


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