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Event allows students to explore history, tradition

Feb. 22, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- The historical knowledge of more than 25 local students was on display Thursday night during the annual Black History Bowl at Sixteenth Street Baptist Church.

The event is the culmination of about two months of studying and preparation by the students, the majority of whom attend Spring Hill Elementary. The students ranged in age from 6- to 11-years-old.

The students answered trivia questions asked by Huntington City Councilwoman Sandra Clements about black history during the event.

Instead of a competition, the event is more about helping young people learn about a very specific history genre, said Renna Moore, Women's Ministry president at Full Gospel Assembly, where she oversees the Kids Kingdom Program, which focuses on character building lessons.

"It's important for kids to know the history of their culture," said Moore. "There are kids from different cultures in the program, and we focus on all of them. February is the time we focus on African American history, and this month is for highlighting the achievements of their African American ancestors."

Sharon Stenson, a third-grade teacher at Spring Hill Elementary, said she is peppered with questions from students throughout the year about when the bowl will take place and when they can pick up their information packets.

"It's something we do by interest, and there are many students who have done it in the past that are excited to do it again," Stenson said. "They look forward to it. It makes me happy as a teacher to see them so excited to learn."

Students from the Spring Hill Elementary Choir also performed during the event.



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