Local elementary school celebrates Black History Month with music and dancing

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A local elementary school is celebrating Black History Month with music and dancing.

Students at Ross Elementary have spent months putting together speeches, dances and musical performances all related to African-American history.

The teachers who put the event on say it is important for students to know the past.

"It's best that the kids know their history, where they came from, it's really important because if you don't know where you came from how are you gonna tell your story?" said Sonya Richard, a paraprofessional. "It's really important to me."

"So they know their history and ancestry and know that this is part of their heritage and we need to celebrate it," Sheryl Wright said, a paraprofessional.

This is the third year the school has held this celebration.