Celebrating Black History Month, FNSB School District and NAACP partner up

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - In celebration of Black History Month, the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District has partnered with the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People - also known as the NAACP - for a Black History Month Contest.

Students have been participating in this contest for 10 years, and this year's theme is 'Be Creative through Fine Arts, Past or Present.' The contest is meant to educate students on the various African Americans in history.

All grade levels can participate in this contest; however, each grade produces a different project. Students can submit projects as individuals or as whole classes.

There's an awards presentation tentatively scheduled for February 23rd from 4 to 6 p.m. at the JP Jones Center. Prizes include a laptop, tablets, gift cards, headphones, and more.

NAACP Chair, Robert Kinnard explained why this event is so important to students.

"And since it is Black History Month, it brings cultural awareness, diversity, give students the opportunity to learn about people who have made impacts, who they may not have learned about,” Kinnard said.
The NAACP will also be recognizing three educators and support staff during this process as well.

The deadline to send in contest entries is Tuesday, February 12th.

Entries are to be submitted to the 'Employment and Education Opportunity' Department in the School District's Admin building at 520 Fifth Avenue in downtown Fairbanks.

"It's always a good thing to be able to learn about other people's accomplishments because it then empowers you, especially the students to rise above themselves to do greater things, to really strive for excellence in everything that they do," Employment and Education Opportunity Officer with the District, David Rucker said.