Feb. 16, 2002 – Two elementary schools and the Tutu Park Mall each have big plans for the week midway through Black History Month.
Ulla Muller Elementary School will have two programs for students, teachers and staff: one on Wednesday and another on Friday, Principal Ophelia Shillingford announced in an Education Department release.
From 8 to 11 a.m. Wednesday there will be a Cultural Fair, 5th grade students will provide presentations on Caribbean islands, and the 6th grade class will present important events in Black history.
From 9 to 11 a.m. there will be a Black History Quiz Bowl.
Joseph Sibilly Elementary School will have several commemorative activities the week of Tuesday, Feb. 19th-Friday, and again Monday through Friday the following week.
Guest speakers from the community will give presentations to students during both weeks, said Principal Dora E. Hill in an Education Department release.
The celebration, which has been going on all month, will include a cultural arts African display of student art projects coordinated by art teacher Mary Lauffer.
Sibilly School will hold its annual Black History Program on Thursday, Feb. 28, at 8 a.m. at the school's main campus.
"Step Into Your History Celebrating Black History" at Tutu Park Mall will feature students from several elementary and high schools at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23.
Students who have been practicing step routines for the past month will interpret the significance and pride behind black history, according to a Tutu Park Mall release. They will vie for a title and cash prizes, with points awarded for time, appearance, step routine, and lyrics.
"People from all parts of the community … have become involved in different ways to ensure the success of this event," said Pamela Morales, the mall's marketing director. Call 775-4658 for more information.
Earlier in the day Sigma Theta Omega Sorority will present a Black Arts Festival, presenting dance, drama, music, poetry, drawing and painting to interpret black history.


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