Teachers show passion for black history

Zeke La Mantia
Social Media Manager

Social studies teacher James LeMay’s door won best theme for Land of LeMaynia outside room 297 in the social studies Black History Month door decorating contest. Photo by Zeke La Mantia

Social studies classes are celebrating Black History Month with the decorating of classroom doors.

The idea was proposed by social studies department head, Betty Roberts. The concept was to decorate classroom doors in honor of Black History Month and the many black activists, athletes, scientists and artists from history and present day.

Participation was mandatory for each social studies/history class and a few other classes joined in as well.

“The effort was proposed and forced primarily so a celebration of black history could take place. The effort was spearheaded by the history department because of our scholastic mandate and because the topic is black history, and we’re history,” social studies teacher James LeMay said.

Certain teachers set guidelines in place for their students or gave a general theme to their doors. Door decorations varied in structure from some showcasing cuttings of written pieces from famous black writers or taking on a more abstract approach and doing photo collages.

“For me I wanted my students to find something they were interested in and find the opportunity to not only find that interest but to display their own talents in the process,” LeMay said.

The door decorating took place the first two weeks of February and was then judged on four different categories.

The winners are as follows: Most Creative: Carrie Ahrens and Dana Miller/ Chelsea Detrick Center; Most Informative: Rachel Huertes/Nurses Office; Best Theme: The Students of James LeMay in Land of LeMaynia outside Room 297 and Best Overall: The Students of Betty Roberts with their work on highlighting Black American Activism outside Room 278.

About whether he was happy with the ending result of his door and hallway, LeMay said, “I’m very happy, extremely pleased with the efforts made by my students. They came through in a big way artistically and structurally. Even the kids who didn’t do something artistic still helped out.”

Winning classes received Krispy Kreme Doughnuts for their efforts.

“Time, effort and people tend to lead to more products,” LeMay said.


Zeke La Mantia – Social Media Editor

This is Zeke La Mantia’s first year on with Echo publications.  He has earned multiple awards for his photographic contributions.


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