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Hope Squad Looking for Inspiration For Upcoming Showcase

By Avery Matthews, Staff Reporter
Hope Squad's "No Place for Hate Black History Month Showcase" will be where students can submit their own original artwork or poems to Mr. Howard or Mrs. Ross.
The deadline for submissions is Monday, February 8, and anyone is free to submit their work before then.
“Due to COVID-19 we are unable to do an in-person showcase, so instead we plan on inserting all the artwork and poems into a newsletter for everyone to see,” Senior, Shamiso Zihumo said. “I think when it all comes together it’ll turn out great.”
This is the first time an event like this has been at Little Elm High school for black history month.
“Oh of course! It makes me kind of sad knowing that this is the first and last time I will be able to do this,” Zihumo said. “I do wish the school had events like this earlier because there would be sort of a set tradition that everyone is used to seeing. However, it feels good to know that I am a part of a future tradition at this school.” 
Black history month honors the contributions of African Americans to U.S. history. The month of February was chosen to coincide with the birthdays of Fredrick Douglas and Abraham lincoln.
“It really opens the eyes of others to see the beauty in the black experience rather than the struggle and hurt that the media shows time and time again. It shines a light on the amazing inventors, entrepreneurs, actors, scientists, and many other figures that have made an impact on our society,” Zihumo said.
“Oftentimes these people go unrecognized and it’s important that students who look like me see the amazing things they could accomplish in the midst of the chaos going on all around us." 
Though anyone can submit the number one goal of this event is to highlight the artwork or poems of black students at LEHS.
“Every student who submits their artwork and/or poem/short story will be recognized in the newsletter. For our black students participating, we plan on getting photos of them and an explanation as to what their work means to them and how it relates to the black experience," Zihumo said. “I think it’s really important to put emphasis on the work of our black students because they are sometimes overlooked or underestimated. It will really allow readers to see the artwork through their eyes.”