There was much to celebrate at Longfellow Middle School on Thursday, March 22, during the uplifting Oratorical Fest for elementary and middle school students.
Focused on Black history around the theme “Speak and Inspire,” the event brought out families from elementary schools across the district and all three middle schools who marveled at the live competition in poetry, spoken word, speeches and skits. Students competed either as individuals or groups, and the material selected ranged from original to already published.
The Oratorical Fest was organized by the staff from our Office of Family Engagement and Equity and BUSD parents. The distinguished panel of judges included Ben Bartlett, Erin Rhoades, Paula Phillips, Karen Hemphill and Tosha Eagles-William. A big THANKS to all who participated by helping students motivate and prepare to speak, and for all those who came out for the event!
Congratulations to all student orators for their participation!