Celebrating Black history and the love of reading
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This article was published 05/03/2021 (819 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Although we experienced some very cold days during the month of February, I was heart warmed to see the ways in which Union Station schools and early childhood centres found creative ways to enjoy I Love to Read Month and Black History Month.
Two fantastic opportunities happen in February to share the love of reading, education, and celebration. I Love To Read Month is all of February and celebrates all things reading. Black History Month is also celebrated all of February and honours the legacy of Black Canadians, which includes increasing education and awareness on how we can create more equitable societies.
The theme of this year’s I Love to Read Month was Joyful Reading in a New World – which was fitting, given the unique challenges created by the pandemic. Children, students and educators all adapted to ensure the month was filled with meaningful virtual and physically distanced activities. It was joyful to read stories virtually with Union Station daycare centers, to share new books, and to connect with the early childhood educators who continue to provide incredible care to children and families throughout this pandemic.
I also had the pleasure of meeting with high school students who organized Black History Month activities within their schools, and learned about their efforts to create awareness and enhanced learning surrounding Black Canadian History.
In keeping with this year’s BHM theme, The Future is Now, the students shared their plans, hopes and dreams for not only their futures but that of all of our communities. My hope is that we can all find ways to support Black youth to know their voices matter and to encourage their leadership. I was truly inspired to see not only just how many youth are engaged in these areas but the incredible support provided by school administration and educators who went above and beyond during the month to elevate the efforts of their students.
Thank you to all the early childhood educators, school administration and members of the community who worked hard to make February an outstanding month of learning, celebration and connection in Union Station.
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Uzoma Asagwara is the NDP MLA for Union Station.