School District of Beloit Hosting Annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration
The School District of Beloit is hosting the 2nd annnual Stateline Area Hispanic Heritage Celebration on Saturday, September 23 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Riverside Park, 2200 Parkside Dr.
The celebration coincides with Hispanic Heritage Month, which typically takes place Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. The month of celebration is a way for the United States to acknowledge and recognize the cultural and historic contributions Hispanic-Americans.
“With such a strong, vibrant Hispanic community in Beloit, we thought it’d be great to partner with community organizations to include multicultural aspects of Latino culture in that event,” said Tony Bosco, director of instructional leadership and equity at the School District of Beloit.
There will be live music from DJ Shoker and Los Del 608, face painting, food trucks and vendors from community partners, and an art gallery featuring art from students in the school district.
Students are hard at work at an essay contest, where they are charged with writing an essay about Hispanic culture. The winner will be given a prize and the opportunity to read their essay aloud at the celebration.
“We’re always looking for things to do in Beloit and to celebrate with our neighbors and friends,” Bosco said. “It’s a great way to engage each other in those kinds of learning and relational activities.”
Blackhawk Technical College, Visit Beloit, and Beloit Council 338 are among the community partners for this event. According to Bosco, there are more than 20 community organizations involved, a diverse representation of Beloit.