We are celebrating Black History Month at APS. Our students are participating in various projects in their classrooms to learn more about historical figures and diversity. Also, a wonderful selection of books is on display in the Media Center celebrating African American authors and subjects. Each week the Falcon News will be sharing accomplishments and contributions of various African Americans and their influences on our country.
Students will also get the chance to see a virtual poetry reading by local author and poet, Valada Flewellyn. After her reading, there will be a question and answer session with Mrs. Hannon to further explain her story and promote the importance of storytelling to preserve family history.
Local Events in Our Community
This year there are many local events that are available online through workshops and virtual discussions. If you are interested in attending and learning more about the many African American influences throughout history, we have listed a few events below.
1619 Fest Orlando is back for a second year of festivities, paying tribute to 400 years of African American history in the United States after captives first arrived in Jamestown. The festival will include food, dancing, live music, a 5K run and a panel discussion. 9 am - 4 pm February 13 at 1050 W. Morse Blvd. in Winter Park and noon-6 pm February 14 at 721 W. New England Ave. in Winter Park. The festival is free to attend, but some classes and events cost extra. For more information, click here.
Palmer’s Feed Store in Parramore is hosting a Black History Month celebration with performances from local artists 11 am - 3 pm on February 27 at 912 W. Church St. in Orlando. For more information, click here.
The City of Orlando: 2021 Black History Month Observance will dedicate one week to a virtual showcase of the diversity of arts through music, dance, poetry, paintings, crafts and more that reflect the richness of local African American history and culture. On Thursday, February 25 from 6 pm to 7 pm, local visual artist, Chris Santos, will give a virtual tour of his CityArts Factory exhibition: Roots/Raizes. Also, the Standing Ovation Dance troupe and The Jazz Orchestra will perform. For more information, click here.
City of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer celebrates Black History Month by highlighting the lasting contributions and positive influence of Black Americans in the Central Florida community. Valada Flewellyn, a local author and poet, will present an interactive Zoom program on February 23 at 6 pm about the value of family storytelling, demonstrating how everyone can preserve their family history through stories. Please click here to register.
APS is also celebrating Chinese Lunar New Year on Friday, February 12.
In celebration of Chinese Lunar New Year: The Year of the Ox, we will have virtual mini-lessons in calligraphy, origami, and chinese brush painting from Mary Sheridan of the Chinese School of Orlando. Both LaunchED and F2F students will be able to participate! In addition, the Wu Lum Temple has shared a virtual celebration that the students will be able to view through the Falcon News.