PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — If the walls could talk at two Portsmouth schools, they would be teaching a history lesson for all students to hear.
Portsmouth teachers at Churchland Middle School and I.C. Norcom are celebrating Black History Month with larger-than-life door decorations that grab the eye and inspire all who walk the halls.
According to teachers, about eight teachers at Churchland Middle School and 10 teachers at I.C. Norcom High have created door coverings that honor African American pioneers. The schools are holding door decorating contests and the students will decide who wins a gift card at the end of February.
Churchland Principal Barbara Kimzey is crediting her staff for an inspiring idea. “I had nothing to do with it and they are amazing,” said Kimzey. “This is an example of our spirit here at Churchland Middle School.”
Kimzey credits Science Teacher Devese Branch for implementing the idea throughout the school.
“I thought it was important to show our kids who we are and the accomplishments that we’ve made,” said Branch. “I told them [my door] was just a black beauty from the motherland. They can be on this board one day if they continue to stay focused and do the right thing.”
Assistant Principal Janeen Perry-Campbell’s door is a tribute to her sorority, Delta Sigma Theta.
“I wanted young ladies to see the powerful and dynamic accomplishments that African American women have made throughout the last century,” said Perry-Campbell.
The educators and staff agree that the doors are a reminder that teaching just doesn’t happen inside the classroom.
Again, the teachers who win the gift card will find out at the end of the month!
The principal at Churchland says they will continue this next year, and she expects it to grow year after year.