Nearly 150 students from middle schools in Bedford-Stuyvesant and Brownsville visited SJC Brooklyn on Monday to play “Black History Month Jeopardy,” an event conducted by the New York City Police Department (NYPD).
“We have strong partnerships with the schools in our command, and we always try to do something special for Black History Month,” said Detective Izora Neal with NYPD’s Patrol Borough Brooklyn North. “After last year’s successful essay contest, we wanted to raise the bar, while at the same time teaching students and having fun with it.
“With the support of the schools, we came up with the idea of Black History Month Jeopardy – it helped us make a deeper connection with the students and at the same time make a friendly competition of it,” the detective added.
Trivia in Tuohy Hall
The event in the campus’ Tuohy Hall featured three teams of sixth, seventh and eighth graders from PS/IS 262 and PS 323, located in Bedford-Stuyvesant and Brownsville, respectively. The students showcased their knowledge of African-American history and culture. As the teams competed, the crowd cheered their peers on enthusiastically as the lead switched back and forth throughout the three rounds of competition.
Asst Chief Jeffery Maddery, an #SJCNY alum & commanding officer of @NYPDBklynNorth, visited SJC Brooklyn for #BlackHistoryMonth Jeopardy. pic.twitter.com/qoSqUk25PG
— St. Joseph’s College (@SJCNY) February 27, 2017
“I loved the fact that we were able to celebrate Black History Month by having our students learn more about the lives of African-American icons and heroes,” said Shari Brathwaite, a teacher at P.S. 323. “By learning the tales of these lives and how they impacted society, our students got a glimpse of how deeply African Americans have impacted the history of our nation and advanced our society.”
With questions about sports, entertainment, inventors and local legends, a healthy range of African-American history and culture was covered during the event. In the end, the students of P.S. 323 edged out a victory over their peers from P.S. 262.
Showing Pride Via Jeopardy
“At Patrol Borough Brooklyn North, we believe that the development of our young people is crucial to the development of the community as a whole,” said Jeffrey Maddrey, assistant chief and commanding officer at Patrol Borough Brooklyn North. “By conceiving and holding this event, our detectives and officers provided local students a valuable opportunity to study and take pride in the impact that African Americans have had on their community.”
@NYPDBklynNorth doing big things with the community at my alma mater @SJCNY https://t.co/nBTK4IG4S6
— Caitlyn©️®️ (@cait_kaks31) February 28, 2017