September 15 to October 15 the School District of Palm Beach County will be celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. Participation by everyone around Palm Beach County is encouraged to promote a series of events to highlight the contributions of Hispanics to our nation and local community. .
To start the commemorations, the District has partnered with the Palm Beach County Library System to participate in the Food Truck Fiesta and Viva Hispanic Culture with Mariachi Music that took place on Saturday, September 7, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Main Library on Summit Blvd where many participants in the community enjoyed samples of delicious treats from a variety of local food trucks.
Students from the International Spanish Academy at Okeeheelee Middle School will be accepting the Hispanic Heritage Month Proclamation at the School Board Meeting on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 5 p.m.
The activities that are taking place for the students include an Essay Contest for 6th thru 12th graders asking them to develop an essay answering the question, in English or Spanish, Who is a Latino/Hispanic individual that has inspired you and why? First place winner will receive $200, second place $100 and 3rd place $50. The due date is October 3, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. The essay contest is sponsored by Comcast. Additionally, a general celebration will take place at the Fulton Holland Educational Services Center on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 from 12 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. featuring performances from various schools around the county.
Celebrations and acknowledgement of Hispanic contributions are being held throughout the United States. Recently the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) honored nine Latinos and organizations for achievements in their respective fields during the Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on September 5, 2013. The program was taped-to-air on a special broadcast on Mundo FOX on September 15 at 7:00 p.m.
The National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) received the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education Award, which was sponsored by ExxonMobil as part of the company’s commitment to advance STEM education. NMSI was honored for its work to increase participation and success of underrepresented students in Advanced Placement (AP®) courses, as these are key indicators of college success.
“ExxonMobil joins the Hispanic Heritage Foundation in celebrating the achievements of these outstanding Hispanic leaders who have made such a significant impact in their fields,” Suzanne McCarron, general manager, public and government affairs, ExxonMobil. “We applaud the work of the National Math and Science Initiative as it continues to improve math and science education across the country and prepare students to have the skill sets needed to tackle the challenges of the 21st century.”
Congratulations to the Hispanic community and best wishes for continued success locally, statewide, nationally and around the world.
REF: For a list of all the activities visit www.palmbeachschools.org/pao/Spanish/MesdelaHerenciaHispana.asp
REF: Natalia Arenas at 561-357-7662 or via email email@example.com. Press Release (SDPBC) Office of Public Affairs. August 2013.