Jefferson Middle School Students See 'Hidden Figures'
Students at Jefferson Middle School had the opportunity to see the movie Hidden Figures thanks to the generosity of parents and the community. Hidden Figures is the story of three African-American female mathematicians at NASA. They served a vital role during the early years of the U.S. Space Program.
Meghan Walsh, whose son is in 6th grade at Jefferson, spearheaded the effort to raise money for the entire 6th grade class to see the movie. “I’ve been following a national movement of communities sponsoring students to come and see Hidden Figures and I thought because representation matters so much to children of color that it would be a fantastic experience for my son and his 6th grade class to attend this movie,” said Meghan.
Meghan raised funds by contacting other Jefferson 6th grade parents and community members. She even called upon her friend Darsee to help with the paperwork and to coordinate the outing with Marcus Point Cinemas.
Meghan said they needed $1400 for the 6th grade class, but raised more than $1800. They donated the extra funds to the 8th grade class. Funds were used to purchase tickets, popcorn and a soft drink for each student. Other Jefferson parents raised money for the 7th and 8th grade classes to see Hidden Figures.
Mendota Elementary School celebrated National African American Parent Involvement Day. You can see all the photos in the album here.