Laurel students to perform dance, poetry for Black History Month -- Gazette.Net


Elementary school students from the after-school program at Deerfield Run Community Center in Laurel will present a special presentation on March 6 in honor of Black History Month.

Around 95 students are participating in groups that will perform a poetry reading, an African dance presentation and a drama skit, said Natalie Paul, program specialist for the community center.

“[The children] are really excited,” Paul said. “The dancing is amazing because it’s acoustic, so one group is doing some clapping, the other is doing some movement.”

Paul said the students, most of whom attend Deerfield Run Elementary School, have been rehearsing for more than a month for the hour-long performance.

The Deerfield Run Community Center’s after-school program also celebrates American Heritage Month, Asian Heritage Month and other heritage celebrations, Paul said.

“We try to get the children to [become involved with] celebrating that particular theme of nationality,” she said. “They learn a whole lot from it, plus they’re having fun.”

The March 6 performance will take place at 5 p.m. in the multipurpose room of Deerfield Elementary School, located at 13000 Laurel-Bowie Road in Laurel.