District 88 celebrates Black History Month

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District 88 is proud to have a diverse school community – the district has about 40 languages and more than 30 countries represented among its families, and almost half of the nearly 4,000 students at District 88 speak a language other than English at home. District 88’s core values include ensuring all students, staff and community members feel safe, valued, respected and welcome.

As part of this effort, the district continues to enhance its focus on equity and culturally responsive and trauma-informed teaching to meet the needs of all its students. Each February, District 88 hosts events/activities to recognize Black History Month, and the district is offering many opportunities again this year to celebrate this important month. More information about Black History Month can be found at https://blackhistorymonth.gov.

Addison Trail Black History Month
Addison Trail is excited to introduce a new club, entitled BEYOND. The main objective of that group is to provide mentorship and academic support for black students to enable them to thrive holistically in high school and BEYOND. The school’s Black History Month activities include:

  • Throughout the month, there will be a Black Inventions display in the commons area. 

  • To recognize and honor African American history, all are encouraged to wear red every Wednesday throughout February.

  • Documentaries will be shown that reflect topics related to the school’s weekly themes such as sports, music, historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and prominent African American women. BEYOND also looks forward to the arrival of the African American Cultural Heritage Collection Exhibit from Atlanta on Feb. 18.

View Addison Trail’s calendar of Black History Month events at https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1-rJvdfw9FYYCT4paFyYjKVBetqDmPGJCcqTeMbljdYI/edit?usp=sharingPLEASE NOTE: This document will continue to be updated throughout the month.

Willowbrook Black History Month
This year, the Willowbrook Black Organization for Student Success (BOSS) will continue its tradition of celebrating Black History Month by engaging the student body, staff and community in experiences and opportunities that highlight past and current achievements and events of Black Excellence.

The BOSS leadership team created this year’s theme: “We will not be silent nor neutral but vocal for change." 

View Willowbrook’s calendar of Black History Month events at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Csswu61a9hbGdEdjGR57NieOF7jkEQVwuB85bBQEdyk/editPLEASE NOTE: This document will continue to be updated throughout the month.