Black History Month Through a Biblical Worldview

Black History Month served as a great opportunity for Hartfield to share with students the beauty and diversity that God has created. Diversity extends past different skin color, but also diverse thoughts, ideas, creativity, skills, and accomplishments. We are all fearfully and wonderfully made, and we all bare the image of our Creator. This makes it possible and probable that diversity is reflected in our history and the building and establishing of American culture and traditions. Cherishing and celebrating these things is a way of celebrating the beauty and creativity of our God. 
One specific way this was shown in the classroom was by Mrs. Binkley, Hartfield’s K3 lead teacher. K3 students had a visual lesson to teach and remind us that we may look different on the outside, but we are all alike on the inside! Mrs. Binkley showed the students one white egg and one brown egg. The students were able to tell the color difference of the egg shells, but once they were cracked no one could tell which yolk came from what egg. Different hair type, body type, color, language, culture, and interests are among just a few of the things that make us different on the outside. The beautiful thing is that we were all created in the image of God!

Hartfield classes also took the opportunity to honor some of our nation’s most admired historical figures in observance of Black History Month. In keeping with Christ-centered education, teachers incorporated elements that honor America’s well-known and potentially less-known influential figures into weekly instruction.

Hartfield's third graders focused on one of America’s most known speeches - “I Have a Dream” by Martin Luther King Jr. They even created dreams of their own and explained why they are important. 
Upper School classes explored their own interpretations of Black History Month and its significance in the past couple of weeks. Students and teachers took to arts and crafts to honor and celebrate the African Americans who’ve changed the face of history! Each door was as creative and colorful as possible. Some doors included QR codes, pictures, literature, accomplishments, etc. from their person of choice’s life. Some teachers choose to design their doors around someone in their field of study- Motown for music or Katherine Johnson for math. Check out some of the super creative doors in the pictures!
Many ‘did you know’ statements were made after discovering some of the incredible things they accomplished! Analyzing their observations about Black History Month, inspired many conversations between students of different backgrounds and perspectives that will hopefully continue past this month.
While these activities mentioned are only a few examples of ways in which students take part in education through a God-centered lens, an overarching priority is that students will grow in understanding and awareness of the ways in which history is impacted by the profound bravery and brilliance of America’s diverse collection of everyday heroes, just like the ones celebrated during Black History Month. It’s essential that the lenses we look through point us to Jesus and the love He has for His children. We remain committed as a school to lead students into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and His church while celebrating diversity in our world.
Hartfield Academy is fully accredited by both the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), the MidSouth Association of Independent Schools (MAIS), the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and the Southern Association of independent Schools (SAIS).