Spartan Academy Brings Community Together with Supa Soul Jeopardy to Celebrate Culture and History
In celebration of Black History Month, Camelot Education’s Spartan Academy combined fun and entertainment with culture and history to bring together the school’s community.
Spartan Academy’s Parents Committee, The Voice, recently hosted an evening event called Supa Soul Jeopardy where 40 students, parents and staff participated in a virtual Jeopardy-style trivia game. The younger and older generations of participants shared their cultural perspectives on topics covering historical figures, social movements, film and music.
“The goal was to come together to engage people in our school community to have fun, learn Black history and share knowledge,” said Costeena Brice, a staff lead for The Voice and co-organizer of the event. “It bonded people because each generation could show the other some aspect of their cultural experience from their eyes.”
Students who participated were paired with a parent or a staff member to compete for prizes. Using a PowerPoint presentation, contestants chose between topics, which included “Events and People,” “Things Your Mama Would Say,” “Black Films,” and “TV Theme Songs.” Questions quizzed participants about figures including Douglas Wilder, Martin Luther King, Nat Turner, Beyonce and movies and shows such as Dreamgirls, Ray, and the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
Conversation on the chat function was vibrant. Student leaders weighed in on the chat to keep students motivated.
“I enjoyed the way we all communicated with one another,” said 13-year-old 7th grader Carleef Williams. “It was a fun event and I love how our staff always finds a way to create memorable experiences like this.”
Executive Director Eric Martin was thrilled with the outcome of the event.
“Students came away from the event with a stronger sense of belonging. The event was another platform for them to be engaged outside of the school,” said Martin. “It also gave them a sense of enlightenment. They had the opportunity to learn about the baby boomer generation and learn some history and ask engaging questions about it.”
Martin continued, “We are focused on building community connections and relationships so that Richmond, our home, knows we are here for them inside and outside the classroom.”
The Voice, a committee of staff that includes Costeena Brice, Jelani Motley, Nichole Mines, Demetric Leeper and Adofo Ka-Re, works to brainstorm, plan and lead events to engage the school community. The result of their work has been a series of evening events geared toward engaging students, their parents, and staff.
Camelot Education’s Spartan Academy is a transitional program in partnership with Richmond Public Schools (RPS) in Virginia. Spartan Academy serves RPS high school students who were referred by the district for significant behavioral challenges and often risk not matriculating, or not graduating on time or at all.