Palm Beach County Students Will Celebrate Hispanic Heritage

The School District of Palm Beach County will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 with a series of events to highlight the contributions of Hispanics to the nation and local community. Students, teachers, staff and community members are invited to participate and encourage others to join.

To start the commemorations, the district partnered with the Palm Beach County Library System to participate in the Food Truck Fiesta and Viva Hispanic Culture with Mariachi music on Saturday, Sept. 7 at the main library on Summit Blvd.

Students from the International Spanish Academy at Okeeheelee Middle School will accept the Hispanic Heritage Month proclamation at the school board meeting Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 5 p.m.

The activities that are taking place for the students include an essay contest for sixth through 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? ¿Qué persona latina/hispana te ha inspirado y por qué?”

The first-place winner will receive $200, second place $100 and third place $50. The due date is Oct. 3 at 5 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, Oct. 15 from 12 to 1 p.m., featuring performances from various schools around the county.

To close the celebrations, essay winners will be awarded on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Palm Beach County Okeechobee Library located at 5689 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach.

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For more info., call Natalia Arenas at (561) 357-7662 or e-mail