Camelot KAPS Academy Students Create Museum for Black History Month
Elementary school students at Camelot KAPS Academy this month have been proudly showcasing their contribution to Black History Month, their version of a museum.
Students were inspired to take on the project after learning about the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC. The NMAAHC is part of the Smithsonian Institution, and so they named their museum KAPS-Sonian.
“They conducted research and decided which people, universities, and important events would be featured,” said Camelot of Escambia County Executive Director Andrew Maxwell. “The KAPS-Sonian museum features local African American heroes as well as information about historically black colleges and universities. The museum also covers prominent African American figures in music, art, and sports.”
Escambia County School Board member Paul Fetsko was impressed after seeing all the work that went into converting the classroom into the KAPS-Sonian.
“There was an amazing amount of research, creativity, and practice demonstrated in order to make this event so successful,” Fetsko said. “I commend the students, teachers and staff for showcasing the achievements of both the students and African American leaders in a wide range of fields such as science, the arts, politics, education, athletics and social issues.”
Fetsko noted that students presented stories in multiple formats, visual displays, manuscripts and artifacts.
“I was impressed with the quality of products, enthusiasm for the topics and pride displayed by these students,” he said. “I look forward to future visits at this dynamic school.”
KAPS Academy provides an early elementary behavioral intervention program for Escambia County School District students in grades K-5 who are experiencing challenges that impede their ability to take advantage of the district’s traditional education program. The goal of this program is to support students in changing their current academic and behavioral trajectory early in their academic career by providing strategic behavioral and therapeutic supports these younger students need as a foundation for future success.
View all of the pictures from the museum here