February is Black History Month in Ontario and the Grade 5s at Gore Hill Public School are among the students across the GECDSB learning about Black Canadians who have made important contributions to our province and our country.
Black History Month, which was formally recognized with legislation last year, "is an opportunity for us to reflect on and pay tribute to the history that has collectively shaped us and to share Black Canadians' triumphs and challenges," says Michael Coteau, Ontario's Minister Responsible for Anti-Racism.
The students in Mr. Piruzza's class at Gore Hill are working on biographical sketches of people from a variety of fields: Viola Desmond; Michaelle Jean; Dr. Howard McCurdy, MaryAnn Shadd, P.K. Subban and many other outstanding Canadians. The students have discovered that courage, perseverance and a spirit of resiliancy are traits that, regardless of racial background, allow us to face obstacles and approach opportunities with confidence and hope.