African culture celebrated at Zanetti school

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – They closed out Black History month in a heart-felt manner at the Zanetti School in Springfield Friday night.

The event was organized by the school custodian, Bill Harris. Harris told 22News he received a lot of support from the school principal, staff members and the community. Harris is already making plans for next February.

“We’re going to do it big next year.  I think we want to do it on a Saturday and just let it bloom,” said Harris.

Rosemary Woods, the Springfield art gallery owner, told 22News, “He wanted to put something together to give the children pride and let them know about their heritage.”

The Black History Event celebrated African culture through a feast, fine art, literature and tradition.

School Principal Tara Clark said the event wanted to demonstrate inclusion, and Martin Luther King Junior’s message of “respect yourself, respect others.”

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