Local Students Extend Invite to 16th Annual Black History Month Celebration

The Students of Minds In Motion Child Care, Scotland Community, and the Judith Resnik Elementary School extend an invitation to celebrate Black History Month with a night filled with knowledge, food, poetry, and performances. This free program will be held on Friday, February 24, 2023, from 7 – 9 pm at the Resnik Elementary School, Gaithersburg, MD, and includes dinner from local restaurants. The program will recognize icons of Black History including Viola Davis, Rosa Parks, Michelle Obama, Guy Bluford, Missy Elliot, Cynthia Erivo, and Katherine Dunham. Students will present on their achievements throughout the event.

Performances will be led by various youth groups including students of Minds in Motion Child Care, Scotland Community, Bells Mill Elementary School, Cabin John Middle School, Damascus Elementary School, Goshen Elementary School, Judith Resnik Elementary School, Winston Churchill High School, and Watkins Mill Elementary School. The highlight of the evening will be the Step Performance featuring Kristopher Paul, Noah Gleaton, Diezel Duckett, Sidoine Djimbou, Braedan Lynk, Bebo Aly, and Ahmed Hassan.

We are honored to have Montgomery County Councilmember Gabriel Albornoz as the keynote speaker. Councilmember Albornoz is a lifelong resident of Montgomery County, who consistently demonstrates his commitment not only to the County, but continued education and embracing Black history. The program will also host Cindy Gibson, Chief of Staff from Councilmember Andrew Friedson’s office.

‘The event will also serve as a donation drop-off location for any essential items to support the Extend a Helping Hand Backpack Drive. Essential items can include articles of clothing and toiletries like toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, and deodorant. Backpacks are donated to homeless shelters in Montgomery County. Donations and items will be collected throughout the event.

For more information, please contact Ms. LaTisha Gasaway-Paul (301) 977-9393, or Ms. LaTricia D. Thomas, Judith Resnik Elementary School Principal (240) 740-3240.

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Fighting food insecurity, feeding families.

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Movie being filmed in McLean, VA, needs your support

A local community movie is filming in our area in June and needs contributions!

Local actors, teens, teachers, housewives, and retired residences are trying to make this film happen but we need your help.

This is an educational short story about teens learning how to navigate when they don't feel accepted by their friends and what to do to find acceptance. Yet this film isn't just for teens. In your life have you ever felt like you weren't accepted??

Come be a part of the audience for this film! Invite your friends. Be a part of this film being produced right here in our area.

This is a social impact film that will show locally and internationally at film festivals in 2025 and also at colleges.

More information can be found here. DONATE TODAY:

https://www.filmindependent.org/sponsored-projects/ultimate-bias/

https://www.silvanomarifilms.com/jis

This is a not-for-profit film and donations are tax-deductible.

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In the spirit of giving back to our community, we are partnering with Quest to Feed Montgomery to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those in need. We kindly ask each attendee to bring along a non-perishable food item to donate during the event. Every contribution, no matter how small, will go a long way in supporting families facing food insecurity in our area.

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