Students and parents at Lindsay Middle School participate in Hidden Figures Literacy Project
On January 31, the “Hidden Figures Literacy Project” was kicked off at Lindsay Middle School. English teacher Sonya Gordon and family engagement specialist Charnita Clements played an integral role with creation and intention of the literacy project.
The event included providing dinner for the parents and students as they listened to a presentation developed by the literacy project team at LMS. The presentation included the background on Hidden Figures Literacy Project, the requirements to participate, the timeline of events, proposed activities, family component, community partnership, and distribution of the books.
The project is based on the book “Hidden Figures,” which follows the lives of three African-American women who served as mathematicians for NASA. The book was written by Margot Shetterly, a graduate of Phoebus High School.
As the students read the book, they will also participate in various activities. They will include creating a vision board, group discussions about different chapters in the book, viewing the movie, creating unity bracelets, designing a Hidden Figure tee-shirt and going to an educational field trip to Hampton History Museum and NASA/Langley to learn more about the women portrayed in the book.
Clements said, “The Hidden Figures Literacy Project was developed to expose young female students at LMS to various activities related to math and science through literacy. Each student and their parent received a copy of the book so they can learn about the three amazing African-American mathematicians at NASA who helped to achieve some of the greatest moments in our space history. Clements also said, “We look forward to bringing the school, families, and the community together to increase the love of reading and challenge the students to find what is hidden inside of you.”
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