Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month is the period from September 15 to October 15 in the United States, when people recognize the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrate the group’s heritage and culture. Hispanic Heritage Week was approved by president Lyndon Johnson in 1968 and the length of it was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period (September 15 – October 15). It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988 on the approval of Public Law 100-402. 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. In addition, Mexico, Chile and Belize celebrate their independence days on September 16, September 18, and September 21, respectively.

Hispanic Heritage Month also celebrates the long and important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans in North America, starting with the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus on the morning of October 12, 1492. A map of late 18th-century North America shows this presence, from the small outpost of San Francisco founded in the desolate wilderness of Alta California in 1776, through the Spanish province of Texas with its vaqueros (cowboys), to the fortress of St. Augustine, Florida — the first continuous European settlement in North America, founded in 1565, forty-two years before the English landed in Jamestown, Virginia.

For more on Hispanic Heritage Month click here!


Walk to School Day

On October 7, 2015, the Jefferson County Health Department is sponsoring "Walk to School Day" from 7:00a.m. - 8:00a.m.  JES students, parents, and community leaders are walking from the corners of Chestnut Street, Cypress Street, Rocky Branch Road and Goldberg Street. If you would like additional information, please contact either Jackie Guyton at (850) 342-0907 or Errin Mays at (850) 342-0906.

Florida Teachers Classroom Supply Assistance Program

Sixty classroom teachers in the Jefferson County School District received $230 to purchase classroom instructional materials and supplies for use in teaching their students. For the full story and photos, please select the "Read More" link below. 

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Dads, Donuts and Coffee Day

Jefferson County Elementary school sponsored  Dads, Donuts and Coffee Day!  Greeted with hot coffee and donuts, fathers and father figures participated in becoming more familiar with Jefferson Elementary and learning how to become more involved on campus and in their child's education. Then the fathers participated in learning with their children in either a reading, math or science activity. "We had over 125 fathers to RSVP however there were more fathers that participate today," said Mr. Key. For more information on how you can become more involved at Jefferson Elementary School, please contact (850) 342-0115. Please select the images below to enlarge. 





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