Historian and professor Simon Schama famously said, “History ought never to be confused with nostalgia; it’s written not to revere the dead, but to inspire the living.” In honor of Black History Month, Thornton Fractional North and Thornton Fractional South high schools will host several events to educate and inspire our students and our communities to not only recognize the contributions of African-Americans to our country but to celebrate the diversity that exists in our schools and in our neighborhoods.
The T.F. South History Club, in collaboration with the Lansing Historical Society, is co-sponsoring a presentation by the Chicago “DODO” Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 25 in the T.F. South Grand Lobby. Refreshments will be served and students will provide tours of the school immediately following the presentation.
Through its Student Exchange Initiative, T.F. North will host a group of student representatives from Merrillville High School later this month. This exchange program will allow students from both schools the opportunity to break down barriers and overcome stereotypes. On Martin Luther King Jr. Day last month, a group of 10 T.F. North students participated in a youth exchange at Merrillville High School where they participated in group activities designed to teach students how to interact with people from different backgrounds.
In other news, thanks to those of you who contributed to the T.F. North History Club’s “Treats for the Troops” fundraiser, which raised $1,100. With a matching donation by Albanese Candy, of Valparaiso, the History Club will send more than $2,000 worth of candy messages to troops stationed in the Middle East.
Artwork from more than 20 T.F. North students will be featured in the 18th annual South Suburban College Regional High School Art Exhibit. The exhibit, which is open to the public and free to attend, runs through Feb. 22. T.F. North senior and graphic art student Jesse Paz designed the winning poster for the art show poster contest, which will be used to publicize the event across the region.
If you are free at 9 a.m. Saturday, go cheer on the T.F. South Mock Trial Team as they defend their championship title at the 6th District John Marshall Law School Mock Trial Competition at South Suburban College.
Parent-teacher conferences will take place at T.F. North, T.F. Center, and T.F. South from 2 to 4:30 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 14.