In February, William Paca Middle School students participated in a Black History Month Gallery and Scavenger Hunt on the topic of “African-American Firsts.” Eighth-grade students in Donna Scalfani’s class chose an African-American who has made a positive impact to research and highlighted their achievements and impact on society and put it into a newsletter. As part of the collaboration, students watched a video on Ruby Bridges, the first African-American child to attend an all-white elementary school in the south in 1960. Then the eighth graders partnered with the younger students on a newsletter scavenger hunt.
Ms. Scalfani told the Tri Hamlet News, “My students spent a couple of days researching famous African Americans and this year the theme was ‘Firsts;’ African Americans who were first in their field or broke the color barrier,” she said. “The students learned about a lot of people during this project. They chose people who they have never heard of before and learned a lot of new information.”