District Pays Tribute to Black History Month

Board of Education members, district administrators, staff and community members packed into the Oldfield Middle School auditorium on Feb. 16, as students throughout the district paid homage to Black History Month.

The theme of the event was “Rooted in the Past, Growing Toward the Future.” Students from Washington Drive Primary School, Thomas J. Lahey Elementary School, Oldfield Middle School and Harborfields High School hit the stage to relive the stories of the brave men and women who paved the way to progress for African Americans throughout history.

Topics covered included slavery, the Underground Railroad and other important topics related to the civil rights era.

Music was provided by the Harborfields High School Jazz Band, led by Musical Director Dan Bilawsky, and the Oldfield Middle School Chorus. Visitors were also graced with performances by the Oldfield Middle School Orchestra and other unique performances pertaining to the night’s theme. Suffolk County Legislator Dr. William Spencer delivered the night’s keynote address.

“Tonight is a true representation for me that this is what Harborfields is all about,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Francesco Ianni said. “Tonight is a real treat, and we are very proud of our talented students.”