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Local School Shares Black History Month Lesson With Dolphins

Posted Feb 11, 2013

Richard Marshall, cheerleaders, T.D. visit Parkview Elementary.


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Fun and games combined with education this afternoon at Parkview Elementary as a class of fifth graders received a visit from Miami Dolphins cornerback Richard Marshall, two Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders and T.D. the Mascot.

The purpose of the visit was to promote Black History Month through a one-hour game of bingo called “Jingo.” Each student was given a Jingo play sheet with famous African-Americans occupying each square. Both cheerleaders and Marshall read from a game card a brief description of a specific person in history until the first boy and the first girl called out “Jingo,” signifying they had filled a column diagonally, vertically or horizontally.

“It was a lot of fun just coming out here and being around the kids,” Marshall said. “A lot of the kids knew who it was on the cards before we even said the names, so that was interesting for us to see that kids are out here learning. I learned some things about some of these people that I didn’t even know before and a lot of those kids knew more than I did about this.”

In order to keep the game going, Marshall and the cheerleaders continued to read more cards and gave more kids a chance to win a Dolphins ball cap by filling an entire frame on the sheet. Among the historical figures being called out were Thurgood Marshall, Walter Payton, Stevie Wonder, Martin Luther King, Jr., Oprah Winfrey and Rosa Parks.

The attentiveness being shown by the kids was something to behold, especially for Parkview’s Principal Edith Hall. She was proud of all the students and really pleased with how they responded to Marshall, the cheerleaders and T.D.

“Not only was it fun but it was educational and the kids enjoyed it,” Hall said. “So they made learning about their culture fun. The kids appreciated it, the school appreciated it and I definitely appreciated it. I’m sure the teachers appreciate seeing them participate like this because they don’t normally do that and I think they behaved quite well and paid close attention. They learned and that’s the most important part about this and they got to see the Dolphins giving back as well. For them to learn about black history it’s just an added incentive to do more for their own people.”
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