There has not been much positive impact for George Washington Community High School (GW) in regards to a Black History celebration, until now.
This past February GW stepped out for Black History as modeling Black historical figures. In collaboration, Mariah Scott (the Indianapolis Urban League’s site coordinator for Project Ready), Terencia Turner (Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center—GW Community School Coordinator), and the seniors of GW decided to portray themselves as Black historical figures.
The leaders included Jackie Robinson, Dorothy Dandridge, Barack and Michelle Obama, Huey Newton, Assata Shakur, Wilt Chamberlain and Willie Thrower. Each student modeled the figure by dressing up similar to his or her chosen leader and reciting a small biography.
Feedback from a GW student— “As a GWCHS student earlier today I went to lunch and observe the Black History Month thing you were doing and I just wanted to let you know that I have been attending GWCHS for 3 years now and it’s nice to see us finally do something for Black History Month so I give my props to you.”
Comments from teachers, students and a community person fully endorse the idea of creating more programs and allowing the Black students to celebrate their heritage and achievements.
The intent that Project Ready has is to create a more hands-on learning for the students in GW. The three major components of Project Ready are social development, academic development, and college culture awareness. Development in these three areas will equip students with the necessary skills for post-secondary education, career readiness and/or enlistment.