Victoria Terrace PS students research and pay tribute to Viola Desmond
February 19, 2021
FERGUS, Ontario – During Black Heritage, Black Brilliance and Black Futures month, grade 1 and 2 students in Elizabeth Newman’s class at Victoria Terrace Public School researched the life of Viola Desmond and her role in Canada’s Black History.
After learning about Desmond’s life, each student chose one thing about Desmond that they found to be of importance when it relates to Canada’s history.
As part of this project, each student coloured one section of Desmond’s portrait and wrote their idea out on a circle. Circles contained messages like “She sat down so that other Black people today can go to the movie theatre,” and “She had her voice heard.”
Each idea and the completed image were then shared in the hallway of the school.
Students enjoyed this lesson and look forward to continuing learning about Canada’s Black History.