Fifth Ward Elementary celebrates Black History Month

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Schools across America, including Fifth Ward Elementary in St. James,  celebrated Black History Month in many creative ways. Examples included lessons, research projects, contests, artwork and performances.

This program marked the culmination of Black History Month at Fifth Ward. The principal of Fifth Ward Elementary School, Dr. Josephine Allen Oubre, felt that it was important for her students to learn about the accomplishments of the many black American men and women who have helped shape culture and society. This year’s theme was “Education is the Passport to Our Future.” The children of Fifth Ward Elementary School entertained the audience with their amazing talents. One of the program’s highlights was “The Walk of Fame.”

Several community members who have played major roles in shaping the lives of children were honored. The students called them “Shining Stars.” The honorees were Caldonia S. Ceasar, Rev. Felton C. Ceasar, Rev. Dr. Samuel Jones, Clara J. Harris, Lionel Ezidore, Willis A. Octave and Brig. Gen. Owen W. Monconduit.

The students also took the time to add stars to honor three deceased members of the community. The students decided to call them “Stars in the Sky.”  Their “Stars in the Sky” are Oliver Cooper Sr., Anatole Monconduit III and Rev. Walter Landry Sr. Stars were also placed in honor of Kaelan Levy (K. Levy) of Vacherie. He gave a riveting performance and the students were filled with emotion. Dr. D’Antoni Dennis, an otolaryngologist and former student of Fifth Ward Elementary School, spoke words that gave the audience guidance. He motivated the students to achieve success at the highest levels of excellence.

After the program, the students realized that there is a need to draw inspiration and guidance from the past. Through that inspiration, they hope to find tools and paths that will help them live their lives and become productive citizens.