Students kick-off month of celebration

The Ramstein Officers’ Club was the setting for a kick-off luncheon for African-American Heritage Month.
Recently, young singers from Ramstein American Middle School performed a preview of their upcoming program, a narrated tour of the history of African-Americans from pre-slavery days to today, through the performing arts it takes place 6 p.m. Thursday at the Multi-Purpose Hall at the school.
Music teacher Betty Slusny led more than 60, sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders, in songs reflective of African-American culture. More than 300 community leaders and members, as well as dignitaries from the United States, attended the performance.
“The students worked hard on their performance and today was just a preview,” said Ms. Slusny. “I hope everyone attends the performance on Thursday. At that time students will recite poetry of Langston Hughes and dance to the music of Scott Joplin, all with a background of 85 special slides, some from my own collection. It will be really something.”
“We are very proud of the effort each of our students has made in putting this performance together,” said principal Nancy Hammack. “We would like to invite the community to attend the performance on Thursday. ” (Courtesy of Ramstein American Middle School).