As the culmination of our celebration of Black History Month, students in grades JK–12 attended a set of special assemblies this week. In addition to watching a cooking demo from Kevin McLean ’90, chef and owner of Hot Dog Central, student teams participated in a cooking competition to create banana pudding dishes featuring a variety of mystery ingredients.
Why banana pudding? During the assembly, students learned that banana pudding is an important family and community tradition for some Black families in the South. To learn more, see this reflection from Dr. Ayesha Swinton, Director of Diversity & Belonging.
Congratulations to our competition winners!
- Upper School: Payton Wagner & Joe Bachman
- Middle School: Valiyah Banks and Rachael Anne Bowden
- Lower School: Zoey Pitts & Maddex Godette (with support from Debbie Patrick)
Following the assembly, middle and upper school students had the opportunity to enjoy food from The Southern Noodle or Hot Dog Central food trucks.
This year, the theme of our Diversity & Belonging programming is “Celebrating the Triad’s Heritage and History: A GDS Program with a Public Purpose.” The program endeavors to connect our students to members both in and around our community who embody the heritages and share their histories of cultures celebrated nationally throughout the year.