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On Monday, February 24, students and staff members at Riverside Elementary school gathered in the gym for a whole school "morning meeting" focused on Black History Month. Led by second-grade co-teachers Ms. Achampong and Ms. Worden, students participated in the Responsive Classroom Morning Meeting format to kick off another great week at Riverside!

In line with the Responsive Classroom format, the meeting began with a greeting in various languages, thus highlighting the numerous different cultures and heritages of Riverside students and staff. 

Next, students, teachers, and support staff shared commitments and promises that they have made in response to the school-wide reading of Be a King by Carole Boston Weatherford. 

Then, students sang "Funga Alafia" -- the West African welcome song -- while also learning the motions that accompany the tune. 

Finally, students shared news and announcements that included a “This day in Black History” segment, an update on the Arm and Arm food drive, and a special fact about the leap year. 

Above all, there was an undeniable atmosphere of positivity and community at  Riverside allowing for a strong, unified start to the week.

Riverside Staff
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