Here’s how your support made a difference this month…

Black History Month

Springboard to Learning was able to provide Black History Month programming to eleven schools across the St. Louis metro area!

Beyond Measure Dance Theater performed Africa to America for Keeven, Russell, and Garrett Elementary students in the Hazelwood School District, celebrating the history, culture, language and creation of three dance styles: West African, Jazz Swing and Hip Hop. Reed Elementary in the Ladue School District, as well as Prather Elementary in Granite City, IL, also received Africa to America performances as part of their Black History Month celebrations.

Kunama Mtendaji sang, drummed, and told stories of African American folklore at Hazelwood Central Middle School, Lawson Elementary, and Walker Elementary in Hazelwood with performances of Words from the Drum.

And Bobby Norfolk brought history to life at Hazelwood schools Cold Water and Larimore Elementary, telling the story of the Negro Baseball Leagues with Shadowball. He also helped students at the Lindbergh Idea Center discover the music of poetry with Rhythms, Rhymes, and Raps.

Poetry Out Loud

Springboard once again served as the host site for the St. Louis Regional Competition of the Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest! This year’s champion was Tim Browdy from St. Louis University High School, with Bryan Ammons from Crossroads College Preparatory School as the runner-up.

Tim Browdy will go on to compete at the Missouri State Competition later this spring!

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