March 2, 2012
PR 07512-Bowe Black History Month
“What Are You Doing for Others?”:
GLASSBORO’S BOWE SCHOOL ADOPTS NATIONAL
THEME FOR BLACK HISTORY MONTH ASSEMBLY
Glassboro—Pastor Al Guidry, son of the late Bishop Curley Guidry of Glassboro’s Healing Wings Church, made an appearance at the Thomas E. Bowe School’s Black History Month celebration on February 29. Pastor Guidry offered words of remembrance about his father, a beloved community leader who intended to be at the event to celebrate his 100th birthday, but passed away last Sunday.
“My father had a long life, but it wasn’t always easy. He was never able to finish the fourth grade because he couldn’t afford to go to school, and that was why he was such a strong supporter of education. He wanted to come here today to tell you to take advantage of your education. It’s a privilege to go to school,” Guidry told the school’s fourth through sixth grade students.
“When I was a young college student living in Glassboro, Bishop Guidry took me under his wing. He made sure students like me who were far from home had food to eat and friends around them,” said fifth grade teacher Cyndy Wiggins, who emceed the assembly and helped organize the program.
The Bowe School’s assembly adopted the theme of “What Are You Doing for Others?” from the national MLK Day. Dr. Tyrone McCombs, Rowan University Assistant Provost/Dean and a motivational speaker, reflected on the theme of service to others in his keynote presentation to the students.
The assembly made use of Glassboro’s wealth of talent as well. The Bowe School Praise Dancers performed He Wants It All by Gospel artist Forever Jones, while fifth grade students presented a skit entitled Pass It On. Music teacher Elizabeth Thomas talked about the tradition of quilt making and how she uses the craft to tell stories. The Glassboro High School Choir opened the assembly with a moving vocal performance, and Cyndy Wiggins closed it with an interpretive dance.