By Hampton Herald Staff
Masks will be optional at Hampton starting tomorrow, March 1st. Baltimore County Public Schools chose to allow optional masking in alignment with new CDC guidelines. In addition to school buildings, masks will also be optional on buses.
Lots of students are excited about this update.
“I’m really excited about not having to wear a mask because they are really annoying,” said Tyler, a fifth-grade student.
Currently students are unmasked during lunch time and during recess, but now that will extend the full school day.
There are some instances where people will still need to wear masks. People with symptoms of COVId-19 being seen in the Health Suite will need to wear masks as well as people who return to school buildings after a shortened quarantine.
Baltimore County Public Schools is adamant that mask wearing be a personal choice and has stated that they will not tolerate bullying or harassment concerning mask wearing.
If you’d like to read the full statement, please click the link below:
Even though Black History Month is coming to a close, students can still read about influential African Americans all year long. Our Hampton Herald staff reached out to our school librarians at Hampton and also to the Towson branch of the Baltimore County Library to get their suggestions.
One of our Hampton Librarians, Mrs. Schnirel, told us that there are special sections in the school library devoted to African American literature. She also displays books all year round from the American Library Association Coretta Scott King Book Awards.
When we reached out to the Towson Branch of the Baltimore County Library, their librarians gave us a lot of great recommendations for all different age groups.
"We have a lot of great books about important African Americans in history. I've listed a few below. This is just a small selection of what we have at the library. Ask a librarian for more great reads--call, email, or visit us in person! I've attached a photo of some of our books about Black history on display at the Towson branch that you can check out with a BCPS student account. "
R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul by Carole Boston Weatherford - Children Bio FRANKLIN
Black is a Rainbow Color by Angela Joy – Picture Book JOY
The Highest Tribute: Thurgood Marshall’s Life, Leadership, and Legacy by Kekla Magoon – Children Bio MARSHALL
Look Up with Me: Neil deGrasse Tyson: A Life Among the Stars by Jennifer Berne - Children 523 B
Let the Children March by Monica Clark-Robinson - Picture Book CLA
She Persisted: Claudette Colvin by Lesa Cline-Ransome - Children Bio COLVIN
A Ride to Remember: A Civil Rights Story by Sharon Langley and Amy Nathan - Children 305.8 L
Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreen Rappaport – Children Bio KING
28 Days: Moments in Black History that Changed the World by Charles R. Smith Jr. - Children 973.0496 S
The Doctor with an Eye for Eyes: The Story of Dr. Patricia Bath by Julia Finley Mosca – Children Bio BATH
Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks by Suzanne Slade – Children Bio BROOKS
The ABCs of Black History by Rio Cortez - Children 973.0496 C
Carter Reads the Newspaper by Deborah Hopkinson – Children Bio WOODSON
Young, Gifted and Black: Meet 52 Black Heroes from Past and Present by Jamia Wilson - Children 920 W
Rise!: From Caged Bird to Poet of the People, Maya Angelou by Bethany Hegedus - Children 810.9 H
She was the First!: The Trailblazing Life of Shirley Chisholm by Katheryn Russell-Brown – Children Bio CHISOLM
Who Is Kamala Harris? by Kirsten Anderson - Children Bio HARRIS
We are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball by Kadir Nelson - Children 796.357 N
Brave. Black. First.: 50+ African American Women Who Changed the World by Cheryl Hudson - Children 920.72 H
Birth of the Cool: How Jazz Great Miles Davis Found His Sound by Kathleen Cornell Berman - Children 781.65 B
Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History by Vashti Harrison – Children 920 H
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison Children 920.72 H
Hidden Figures: The Untold True Story of Four African-American Women Who Helped Launch Our Nation into Space (Young Readers' Edition) by Margot Lee Shetterly – Children 510.92 S
Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library by Carole Boston Weatherford – Children Bio SCHOMBURG
Have I Ever Told You Black Lives Matter by Shani King - Children 305.8 K
Timelines from Black History: Leaders, Legends, Legacies – Children 909 T
Black Heroes of the Wild West by James Otis Smith - Children Graphic Novel 978.02 S
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson – Children Bio WOODSON
Black Ballerinas: My Journey to Our Legacy by Misty Copeland - Children 792.8092 C
Timelines from Black History: Leaders, Legends, Legacies - Children 909 T
BOX: Henry Brown Mails Himself to Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford – Children Bio BROWN
By The Hampton Herald Staff
Hampton Elementary School is participating in the Kids Heart Challenge during the month of February to help raise money for families with kids who have heart defects and diseases. The Kids Heart Challenge first started in 1949 by The American Heart Association. Since 1949 all states have participated in the Kids Heart Challenge to help raise money for kids with heart defects and heart diseases. Also, since 1949 they have made over four billion dollars. The money has gone to research and surgeries.
Students at Hampton received information about the Kids Heart Challenge from their physical education teacher, Mrs. Cavender, during their classes. Students took that information home, and shared it with their families, friends, and anyone else who wants to donate money.
Mrs. Cavender has been in charge of the Kids Heart Challenge for three years, but because of the COVID-19 Pandemic, she was only able to lead it for two years. She enjoys running the program for Hampton.
“It’s very gratifying because of the money we’ve raised, and because it helps these kids,” said Mrs. Cavender.
Although Mrs. Cavender really enjoys running the program, there are some challenges.
“It’s very fun to do this but it’s really difficult because I had to get all the prizes, and they had to ship it to me,” said Mrs.Cavender.
To encourage participation, students receive prizes when they sign up for the Kids Hearts Challenge and when they raise certain amounts of money. The goal for this year at Hampton was to raise $10,000. Right now they have raise $13,494.62. Students have until the end of February to sign up and donate.