By SHERRY DIGMON
Rachel Patterson Elementary School second-grades presented this year’s Black History program Friday, February 24.
James Wilson Jr. and Terry Allen served as Directors of Order. Leading the Pledge of Allegiance were Steven Banks, Jeremiah Dirden, Lillie Kate O’Brien, and Ayden West.
Ryla Crayton and Melanie Williams presented the Welcome.
LaTia Wright recited the poem “Hey Black Child.”
The entire second grade sang “This Little Light of Mine” and participated in a reading / recitation of “I Am Enough.”
Several students sang “I Am Grateful” with seven students holding large pictures of prominent Black Americans.
Special guest performance by Ayrea De’Layne Barron with The I Am Kingdom Dancers ended the program with an interpretive dance.
RPES Principal Toya McMillian thanked everyone for attending. She encouraged parents to “please pour positive into your students.” She also encouraged them to be in their children’s business (phones, tablets, friends, etc.) and to keep them children as long as possible.
Attending were Atmore Police Chief Chuck Brooks; Dr. Kevin Garrett, pastor of Atmore First Baptist Church; Rev. Catadro North, pastor of Empowerment Tabernacle, Atmore; Escambia County Board of Education members Coleman Wallace, Sherry Digmon.