Polk County Public Schools is proud to celebrate Black History Month. Throughout February, our students will be participating in lessons and activities that focus on the many contributions made by black leaders and historical figures.
The Polk County School Board issued the following proclamation on Jan. 26:
WHEREAS, the recognition of Black History Month is a time to salute and educate our students about the many contributions and sacrifices made by African Americans of the past and present, as well as gain insight and inspire progress for the future; and
WHEREAS, we celebrate the establishment of Black History month — which began on February 12, 1926, and expanded in 1976 as part of the nation’s bicentennial — in recognition of the humanity and perseverance of a people who survived against incredible historical odds to help shape our future; and
WHEREAS, African American students make up 20 percent and staff 17 percent of the Polk County School District, where we celebrate Black History Month and the many contributions of African American educators, leaders, engineers, servicemen and women; as well as many others who have demonstrated extraordinary courage, talent and service to our schools as well as our community; and
WHEREAS, the graduation rate for African American students continues to increase, which is indicative of our students and families accessing quality educational opportunities provided by our organization and using it as the foundation for a successful post-secondary career and quality life; and
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the School Board of Polk County, Florida, that we designate the month of February 2021 as: Black History Month.