‘Unidos:’ School System, OneForsyth Partner for Inaugural Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month

Forsyth County Schools and OneForsyth hosted an inaugural Hispanic Heritage Month celebration at the FoCAL Center on Tuesday, October 4, highlighting Hispanic culture, music, food and voices in the community.

As community members entered the center, they were greeted by a gallery of artwork created by Forsyth County Schools students and the delicious aroma of empanadas and conchas provided by the Palapas Bar and Grill.

But before guests began to delve into Hispanic cuisine, Superintendent Dr. Jeff Bearden kicked off the event by thanking OneForsyth and reminding everyone of the importance of celebrating the diverse communities that make up Forsyth County.

“We have been celebrating the stories, cultures and contributions of Hispanic Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America for many years, but this is our first opportunity to partner with OneForsyth to extend the celebration beyond the walls of our schools,” Bearden said.

Julie Brennan, Member of OneForsyth and Editor of MyForsyth Magazine, then welcomed all of her fellow Hispanic community leaders in attendance, noting all of the different nations and cultures represented in the room – Puerto Rico, Cuba, Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua , Colombia and the Dominican Republic.

“You have no idea what that means to me as a Latina and as a Puerto Rican,” Brennan said. “That’s what we all are. We are talking about community. Yes, we are proud of who we are and our heritage, but we are also very, very proud and honored to be part of the United States.

“We are here, we have embraced your community and thank you for embracing ours,” she continued. “Thank you for celebrating differences and accepting that ultimately we are one people.”

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Jeremy S. McLain