Rochester Teacher Melissa Teague of World Of Inquiry School # 58 (WOIS ) recently saw the Black Panther film and took her inspiration and the #BlackPantherChallenge to the next level.
She recently gave her tenth grade class a Black Lives Matter assignment to juxtapose the Civil Rights struggle of the 60’s with the Black Lives Matter movement of today and in the comparison discuss how best to affect social change and identify who becomes the hero within his or her community.
During the assignment Teague, who is also the only Black teacher at the school, decided to create A Go Fund Me page to raise money for her students engaged in the project and as a celebration and culmination of their hard work she would use the funds to take them to see the film as part of the field study, but that idea grew and went from taking one class to taking the entire school of roughly 450 students to see the film!
She created a Go Fund Me page with goal of raising $ 3,900 by March 14 to afford this greater mission and in just 8 days ( by March 12) she exceed her goal raising $3,970! Along with the financial donations donors left very positive messages for her effort, “Such an amazing opportunity for our youth. Much Love for you Ms. Teague!” and “ You continue to rock, more than an educator” were just some of the supportive comments left on her page.
The educator humbly replied to all who supported the mission “Thank you, every one of you! Because of you, every high school student can attend the field study to see Black Panther on Friday! We have met our Goal! Thank You Thank You Thank You!” Way To Go Melissa!