Urbana School District Monthly
April 2009
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Thomas Paine students sing songs during the school’s special assembly about African-American history.
Thomas Paine students sing songs during the school’s special assembly about African-American history.

Thomas Paine Elementary Brings African American History Alive

Did you know that different quilt colors and patterns were secret signals for escaping slaves who were using the Underground Railroad? If you were attending the Thomas Paine African American Assembly this past month, you learned that and much more thanks to an all-school assembly. Parents and a guest class from Mahomet were also on hand to witness the special assembly.

The fifth-graders at Thomas Paine spent weeks researching African American history and the men and women who made it. The students then created a living museum in the school and portrayed the history-makers in a special assembly. “It’s an exciting time,” Thomas Paine Principal Sandra Cooper said.

The assembly featured special readings, poems, songs, and skits that presented African American history. “I hope this assembly helps remind everyone about the special contributions African Americans have made in our history,” Cooper commented.

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