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Port Chester Students Celebrate Black History Month

Port Chester band students play in the annual Black History Month assembly.
Port Chester band students play in the annual Black History Month assembly. Photo Credit: Rebekah Marcarelli

PORT CHESTER, N.Y. -- William Wheeler  was excited to celebrate African-American heritage Friday at Port Chester Middle School’s annual Black History Month program.

Wheeler said the assembly was meaningful to him because it was in honor of his roots.

“I liked performing in the assembly because it’s Black History Month and that’s my culture,” said Wheeler.

Chorus director Mark Zizolfa said that the assembly was special because it was a group effort.

“‘The most special thing about the assembly is that it encompasses everybody in this school,” he said.

“They’ve made sure that every group of students can come together and be a part of one thing.”

The assembly included performances from the school’s band and chorus where students read plays written by their peers. There were also power point presentations and art displays.

Band director Linda McDermott thinks that the event was uniting and good for the individual students.

“We get so many kids involved from every walk of life,” said McDermott. “We get kids who normally wouldn’t stand up in front of a crowd, so it’s a chance for them to do something really special.”

Eighth-grader Jackie Granados agreed the performance was good for her own personal growth.

“It’s a lot of adrenaline and a lot of fun, I like being in front of crowds, it makes me feel more confident,” she said.

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