Published Sunday, February 10, 2013
By W. WINSTON SKINNER
Smokey Road Middle School’s annual Black History Program was filled with music.
The guest speaker was rhythm-and-blue star Monica, who both spoke and sang. The SRMS Combined Choruses, under the direction of Denise Meacham, sang “Lift Every Voice and Sing” and “We Are the World.”
Smokey Road student Destiny Reeves drew applause for her rousing, a capella rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” – her room-filling voice belying her small size.
Colt Buchanan welcomed his fellow students, faculty and a large number of guests. Buchanan introduced the theme for the event, “Each One, Reach One,” and spoke of how it is important “to make a difference not only in your life, but in other people’s lives.”
Buchanan also talked about “the importance of being diverse servant leaders.”
Alma Reyes read a poem, “Smokey Road’s Acts of Kindness.” The Long Cane Diamond Diva Steppers showcased their skills, and three young dancers presented a dance with the theme “SRMS Servitude Purpose in Dance.”
The program also featured an emphasis on the contributions of black fraternities and sororities. Maxy Gates and Jocquey Jordan presented a history of the organizations while other students held posters with the fraternal emblems.
There also was a presentation involving faculty, students and music that highlighted contributions by Smokey Road including support of the Can-A-Thon, the St. Jude Math-a-Thon, Public Safety Week, the March of Dimes, Relay for Life and United Way.
The Builders Club’s outreach to residents of Savannah Court and an effort to send packages to troops overseas were also mentioned, and there was a tribute to Anne Powell, who served as SRMS media specialist before her death from cancer and was a model of service to others.