Lancaster, TX/Lancaster ISD – The Lancaster Independent School District invites the community, parents and students to the Fourth Hispanic Heritage Academic Bowl and Celebration at Lancaster High School located at 200 E. Wintergreen Road in Lancaster, Texas from 9 AM – 3 PM on Saturday, October 28.
The theme of the upcoming bowl is “Shaping the Bright Future of America” and the community can expect to enjoy celebrations of culture and learn about the experiences, life, history and impacts of the Hispanic and Latino American populations through the lens of this youth competition among student teams from all district campuses.
Lancaster ISD Coordinator of Public Relations and Multimedia Marketing Kimberly Simpson, who is also serving as the district’s academic bowl program chairperson, shared the reason for this cultural-focused celebration.
“We choose to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month as a district with an academic bowl to encourage teamwork and collaborative learning,” she said. “It gives students an opportunity to be among their peers in a competitive setting as well as interact and cheer on other students from throughout the district.”
The academic bowl is the culminating Hispanic Heritage event to the many district campuses family events and programs hosted throughout the months of September and October. Campus leaders and teachers believe that the Hispanic culture and its leaders have contributed greatly to the success of America and that type of influence should recognized, respected and taught. This is why, year after year, the district hosts this event.
“As educators, it is our duty to expose our students to different cultures to expand their perspective and understanding,” Simpson said. “It is always important to provide opportunities for students to learn about what makes us unique because it helps build acceptance of the diversity of the world.”
Just prior to the start of bowl, the event attendees and participants will have the opportunity to hear from the inspirational Missar Sanguino, a passionate educator in Lancaster ISD. Originally, from the country of El Salvador, she came to America as a young child with her family. Sanguino will share her journey of learning a new way of life, a new language, in a new country along with her quest to obtain her goal of being an educator to help other bilingual students to navigate their learning successfully. Sanguino, who started working in Lancaster ISD more than 12 years ago as one of its nighttime custodians, has completed her educational requirements to become an elementary educator.
In addition to hearing from Sanguino during the Hispanic Heritage Bowl, students also have an opportunity to compete in an essay and art contest and submitted their content prior to the Bowl. The winners of those competitions will be announced on Saturday as well.
Please make plans to enjoy this family-friendly, free community event. It is open to the public and serves as an opportunity for everyone to help celebrate, commemorate and learn more about the Hispanic culture and support our all of our student participants.
The Lancaster Independent School District serves more than 7,000 pre-kindergarten through grade 12 students in 11 schools. Our vision is that all students achieve self-sustaining success and leave a lasting legacy. And our mission, in collaboration with parents and communities, is to ignite learning that translates into sustainable success for all students in an ever-changing society.
422 S. Centre Ave. ● Lancaster, TX 75146 ● (972) 218-1400