It is with pleasure that we thank our esteemed guests who visited Northport for our annual Black History program.  The program began with Principal Glenn Rustay having a heart-to-heart talk with our middle grades students about kindness and the feeling of being a family.  He also spoke about safety in light of recent events in Parkland.  Students joyously listened to music performed by Marissia Wallace and viewed the Northport cheerleaders perform.  A very special thank you to Fort Pierce Central JROTC for leading us in the colors to honor our country and our veterans.  The entire group participated in a Moment of Silence for the tragedy that befell our school family at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Dr. Donna Mills, SLPS Board Chairman, spoke with the students eloquently about being able to accomplish anything if you set a goal and follow through with your heart and mind.  Dr. Mills is a wonderful partner in our students’ education by championing the Speakers Bureau.  We are so grateful to her for bringing us this educational platform.
Northport’s special guest for Speakers Bureau and Black History combined was Attorney Donald Watson from the law firm of Gary, Williams, Parenti, Watson and Gary P.L.L.C.  Attorney Watson spoke about not being “defined by your failures, but overcoming them to become successful.”  Attorney Watson spoke passionately about his joy of reading and about his long and winding road to his law career.  Attorney Watson and Dr. Mills were presented plaques and fruit baskets from the school.
Many thanks to Diane Crumpton and Deborah Allen for organizing the Northport Black History Program and to DeLacy Bembry for leading the program.  The program was very inspirational.