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Frisco ISD to host Black History Month events
Black History Month is a time to reflect on the past, but Frisco ISD is also hoping to build a foundation for the future with events it will host later this month.
Frisco ISD will host two Black History Month events in the coming weeks -- a guest speaker-led event on Feb. 22 and a networking social on Feb. 24 -- that it hopes will help residents interact with each other and the school district more.
The first event, which will be hosted in coordination with the Greater Frisco Chapter of Jack and Jill, is entitled "From Bondage to Freedom" and will reflect on the contributions of black Americans throughout the country's history.
Melissa Johnson, coordinator of the Greater Frisco Chapter of Jack and Jill, said the event will focus on the past, present and future of black Americans.
"For the past, children will be taking part in a living museum, where they'll represent famous African-Americans who are deceased," she said. "Other children will represent famous African-Americans who are alive today for the present. Finally, we'll have a student-run marketplace representing the future. Students all across the district will be able to promote their businesses."
Johnson, who serves as a co-chair of the event, mentioned babysitting and scarf knitting as examples of what kind of businesses students may want to promote.
Also at the event, Shon Gables, a news anchor for WFAA, will serve as a guest speaker while Dede McGuire of K104 FM will serve as mistress of ceremony. Live entertainment ranging from music to dancing to poetry reading will also be available. The event will be held 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Frisco Wakeland High School and is free to the public.
Larry Lewis, Frisco ISD's coordinator of student achievement and involvement, said the events will focus on black history but are inclusive of people from all backgrounds.
"We're going to have all kinds of cultures and races participating at the events," he said. "We have a great speaker for Friday night, and it just goes from there. It's going to be great -- we're excited about it."
The Feb. 24 event, which will last from 4-6 p.m. at the Frisco ISD administration building, is a networking social for Frisco ISD parents, staff and other community members. Refreshments will be served, and parents are welcome to bring their children, though it will be a more adult-oriented event.
Lewis said the event was created to help the community come together to support education and involvement.
"There were so many parents in Frisco who didn't know each other, and there wasn't an event where they could come and meet other parents," he said. "That's what we're going to do -- that's what this event is all about. It's for the Frisco community to come out and meet each other and different people throughout the school district."
For more information regarding the "From Bondage to Freedom" event, click here. That event will be held 6:30-9:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at Frisco Wakeland High School, 10700 Legacy Drive.
The Black History Month networking social will be held 4-6 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Frisco ISD administration building (in the administration training rooms), 5515 Ohio Drive.
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