Puerto Rican/Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Puerto Rican/Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Works Closely With School District
Posted on 10/05/2020
Puerto Rican/Hispanic Chamber of Commerce winners

The student population of the School District of Palm Beach County is incredibly diverse and comprised of students from many nationalities and backgrounds.

Hispanic students make up a sizable portion of the District, which is why the District works closely with the Puerto Rican Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County to ensure that students and their families receive information put out by the District, and their parents fully understand the content.

Established in 2005 and energized by a group of volunteer professionals, the Chamber works closely with local Hispanic and non-Hispanic members of the educational, cultural, and business community.

“Since our inception, our mission has been to educate, market, and unite small and large businesses within our Hispanic community,” said Santos Arroyo, Founder and CEO of the Chamber. “We always remember the three tenets of our organizational philosophy; community, culture, and commerce.”

Supporting that effort is La Guia News, a Spanish newspaper in the County that uses their social media channels to disseminate information from the District, as well as their printed newspaper which is distributed free of charge at various El Bodegon Supermarkets, multiple restaurants, and businesses throughout the County.

"Our commitment at the Puerto Rican Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Palm Beach County envelops the entire community, regardless of a resident’s origin,” said Juan J. Pagan, the Chamber President. “Our membership is currently represented by people from more than 20 countries in Latin America, as well as the Caribbean, the U.S. and others.”

During the first few months of the pandemic, in addition to supporting the District’s communication efforts, the Chamber has collaborated with the Association of Hispanic Ministers of Palm Beach County, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, as well as several private and governmental entities, to gather and distribute food to families in need.

The Chamber also meets monthly with the Superintendent and other District officials to express the needs of the Hispanic community and help coordinate information for their members.

Additionally, each year the Chamber organizes the Hispanic Heritage Awards Celebration at the WPTV channel 5 studio to recognize three high school students and one Hispanic teacher. This year the awards will take place on October 28 at 7:30 p.m. The student nomination form and teacher nomination form are each due by October 9.

The event is promoted through La Guia News and the District’s communication platforms. District high school principals also play an important role by nominating the three Hispanic seniors for the Chamber’s award, which honors their exceptional academic records. The students and teacher are formally recognized by Hispanic community leaders as well as the WPTV hosts.

“This way we can provide cultural and educational support to all residents and to commerce with small and large businesses,” Pagan said. “The idea is to work together to achieve the ultimate purpose of being successful and contributing to the society's economy on which we depend, help, and are a part."

The School District of Palm Beach County