School District Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month With Events and Activities

Hispanic Heritage MonthThe School Board has proclaimed September 15 to October 15 as Hispanic Heritage Month. Throughout the month, the District’s schools and departments will celebrate the unique diversity and contributions of Hispanic and Latino culture.

During Hispanic Heritage Month, the District celebrates the culture and traditions of students, teachers, staff, and community members who trace their roots to Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries in North America, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean.

Hispanics are the fastest growing ethnic group in Palm Beach County, and the School District serves more than 65,000 Hispanic students, representing 21 Spanish-speaking countries. The District has continued to increase its Spanish Dual Language Program offerings to promote the language, culture, and traditions.

Several events and activities will take place throughout the County to highlight the contributions of Hispanics to the nation and local community. The Palm Beach County Library System will be hosting events at several branches, and the Puerto Rican Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for Palm Beach County will hold the Hispanic Heritage Awards on September 20. Each year, the Chamber recognizes a group of honorees across a variety of industries.

Hispanic Heritage Month has been celebrated since 1988 when it was enacted into law by then-President Ronald Reagan. September 15 was chosen as the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. All declared independence in 1821.

On October 12, the District’s Hispanic/Latino Studies Department will hold a Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration at the Fulton-Holland Educational Services Center in West Palm Beach. For more information about these events, please click HERE. Many schools will also be celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. Please contact a school directly for information about their planned events.

Hispanic Heritage Month Art and Essay Contest

Governor Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott invite all Florida students to participate in the annual Hispanic Heritage Month art and essay contests, centered around the theme, “A Celebration of Innovative Hispanic-American Leaders.” Students in grades K-3 have a chance to win a cash prize by submitting artwork, and students in grades 4-12 can earn a four-year Florida Prepaid Scholarship through the essay contest.

The prizes could transform the lives of a student in your class or school. We hope that you will encourage all of your students to take full advantage of this opportunity to enhance their appreciation for Hispanic-American History and prepare financially for their own future education aspirations.        

 Additionally, students, parents, teachers and principals are invited to nominate full-time educators in elementary, middle and high schools for the Hispanic Heritage Month Excellence in Education Award. 

All entries must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, October 15, 2018.

To learn more about Florida’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebration and contests, visit