Celebrations for Hispanic Heritage Month have begun and here are some upcoming events highlighting the diversity of art and culture that people of Hispanic and Latin descent have added to communities where they live:

Sept. 19: Ceylon Mitchell’s Afro-Latino Chamber Music @ Bowie Center for the Performing Arts

Sept. 21: 8th annual Grito de Danza Mexican Folkloric Dance @Bowie Center for the Performing Arts

Attendance Awareness Month

September is Attendance Awareness Month and with the recent launch of the new school year, it’s important that students attend school every day, on time.

For instance, when students miss school regularly, they also miss out on critical classroom instruction. While some absences are unavoidable due to health problems or other circumstances, when students miss too much school — for any reason — they fall behind academically and will be considered chronically absent and absences can add up quickly.

In addition, being late to school can lead to missing important learning activities, and being chronically absent or missing 10 percent of the school year (about 18 days) for lawful or unlawful reasons can drastically affect a student’s academic success.

No Classes

Schools will be closed for students Friday, Sept. 27 for professional development (previously early dismissal).

Free and Reduced Meals

Families with students who receive school meals through PGCPS’ Free and Reduced Meals program must reapply at the beginning of each school year to remain eligible.

Be ensured to keep benefits by applying online or completing the form from your school.

PG 13 Returning

PG 13, a series showing on- and off-field actions of Prince George’s County teams, coaches, players, fans and families, will soon return for season three.

Episodes will be broadcast on PGCPS social media channels, its website and PGCPS-TV 96 (Comcast) and 38 (Verizon).

Deck the Halls Challenge

For the new school year, teachers and staff across the PGCPS system were challenged to show off their most innovative back-to-school bulletin boards.

From the dozens of entries, a few were selected that were especially amazing and treated the designers to classroom supplies and gift cards hand-delivered by schools CEO Monica Goldson.

Winners included teachers from Frances Fuchs Early Childhood Center, Allenwood Elementary, Judge Sylvania Woods Elementary and Montpelier Elementary.

School Nurse Fair

A Registered School Nurse Job Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, Sept. 23 at Green Valley Administrative Offices located at 2215 Chadwick Street in Temple Hills.

People eligible to attend the fair will receive an email invitation which will include the time of their interview and a list of necessary documents to submit.

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Dorothy Rowley – Washington Informer Staff Writer

I knew I had to become a writer when at age nine I scribbled a note to my younger brother’s teacher saying I thought she was being too hard on him in class. Well, the teacher immediately contacted my mother, and with tears in her eyes, profusely apologized. Of course, my embarrassed mother dealt with me – but that didn’t stop me from pursuing my passion for words and writing. Nowadays, as a “semi-retiree,” I continue to work for the Washington Informer as a staff writer. Aside from that, I keep busy creating quirky videos for YouTube, participating in an actor’s guild and being part of my church’s praise dance team and adult choir. I’m a regular fixture at the gym, and I like to take long road trips that have included fun-filled treks to Miami, Florida and Jackson, Mississippi. I’m poised to take to the road again in early 2017, headed for New Orleans, Louisiana. This proud grandmother of two – who absolutely adores interior decorating – did her undergraduate studies at Virginia Union University and graduate work at Virginia State University.

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