The National Sorority of Phi Delta Kap- pa, Alpha Phi Chapter, presented their “Concentration on Black History in America” for its annual Project Read- ing Activity at the Dixon Academy of Arts, February 22, 2013. Dr. Wendy Bennett is the current administrator of the school where approximately 161 students are being serviced.
“The purpose of the activity was to enhance the student’s knowledge of some contributions that African Amer- icans made to America and to strength- en their reading skills,” said Debra Haynes. “We focused on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Harriet Tubman, Pres- ident Barack Obama, and Stevie Wonder,”
A Black History Concentration Card game was done to introduce and review as many blacks as possible and to promote long term memory of the facts by Ms. Haynes within each rotation. “The winner with the most matches for each game received a prize.” She said.
Also, Francine Parker played the keyboard and taught each group of students the words of the National Anthem of African Americans in which all groups sang in unison at the end of the pro- gram.
The students began by working on their skills of comprehension with a Maze practiced upon the completing the read- er’s theater, “Meet Barack Obama”, followed by a high order thinking ques- tionnaire. Decoding of words was done to increase their fluency level as well as vocabulary enrichment. “The Black History Concentration Card game in- troduced them to many famous Blacks in American History to focus on cause and effect and memorizations skills,” said Ms. Haynes.
The culminating activity included a tribute to Whitney Houston in which a biography was read by Debra Haynes, ending by listening to her latest hit, “I Look to You”.
All participants received a folder with all materials/pencil, certificate of com- pletion, a gift bag, including a Harriet
Tubman picture coloring book, and re- freshments.
Ms. Haynes, the chairperson of Project Read, a Language Arts instructor for the Escambia County School District and tutor at the site, was very pleased
with the outcome. “We had 38 students to participate. There were five other members of the sorority that partici- pated: Sylvia Todd, Francine Parker, Ruby Jackson, Lillie Fuller and Ethel Coleman.”