Booker T. Washington said, “Success is to be measured not so much by the position one has reached in life, as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.” To Mt. Healthy South Elementary School students and staff demonstrated this as they presented “This Is Not the Time to Give Up” program on Friday, February 22, 2019. This celebration of Black History Month programs was student-centered and focused to give students a better understanding and respect for their cultural heritage.
The fourth through sixth grade band performed a song written by Elementary Band Teacher Mr. Weaver, and music students performed “Celebrate Black History” using the drums. They also participated with the drums as students read aloud the poem, “I Refuse to Fail” by Nahshon-rae. Student Council members read “If African Americans Didn’t Exist” and lead the student body in “What Do We Do?” Several Mt. Healthy South
The K-3rd program included students reading and repeating the empowerment poem, “I AM” and singing “What I Am” by Will. I. Am. In addition, the sixth grade band performed as well as Student Council members presenting special inventions by African-Americans.
During both programs, teachers told 4 stories of outstanding and extraordinary African-American Heroes, and how their lives made a tremendous impact on the lives of other African-Americans. “Our staff and students carried on the African American tradition of sharing our story through song and dance. We are extremely proud of all of the talent displayed”, said Dr. Reva C. Cosby, Superintendent of Mt. Healthy City Schools. Additionally, a former Mt. Healthy student, Terry Evans III, shared his story of his experiences with college and life. He explained how he had many occasions to give up, but he didn’t. He is on his way to become a teacher and eventually a principal of an elementary school. Mrs. Macon gave an inspirational performance reading of the Langston Hughes poem, “Mother to Son”. Finally, Mrs. Harris-Reed beautifully sang two inspirational songs to send the students on a high note and reminded them not to give up.