To kick off Black History Month at Cherry Hill Elementary Middle School, long-time Art with a Heart teacher Knakia developed a lesson plan to teach students about the continent of Africa. Students learned that there are 54 countries in Africa and is home to 1.2 billion people - 16% of the world's population! Students also learned how patterns, images and symbols have been used for centuries in African, native and indigenous cultures to communicate stories, beliefs and even hidden messages. After creating an outline of the continent, students made their own art story with patterns and designs with a variety of different media.