SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Western Massachusetts schools have begun their celebrations of Black History Month. Thursday morning, 22News visited the Edward Boland Elementary School in Springfield, where students from preschool through fifth grade honored famous African Americans of past and present.
45 students at the school created projects honoring black leaders who inspired them through words, pictures and photographs. Those projects are on display now at the school.
5th grader Isaileen Oquendo has been passionate about the legacy of President Barack Obama.
“When I was younger, I always wanted to study about President Obama, because he helps the poor people to help others,” Oquendo said.
Throughout this Black History Month, 22News will be featuring the work of many students from across the area, as they pay tribute to important Americans.