Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021
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Background and context
Of the 6,127 students in the district just over 31 percent identify as Hispanic or Latino. By comparison the makeup is 8.2% Asian, 24.8% Black, and 32.5% White, with 2.4% two or more races. As for the Hispanic Heritage Month?
- It started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week but was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period.
- Sept. 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Also Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on Sept. 16 (today!) and Sept. 18, respectively.
Humans of Manchester
Meet Omaris Journet, the new principal of Verplanck Elementary School and a proud product of the ‘Isla del Encanto’ — which is Spanish for Island of Enchantment and how she refers to her beloved Puerto Rico. You can learn about her in our gallery, which is on Facebook and Instagram.
News and Notes
- Last Monday's BoE meeting included an update on the Buckley renovation that is underway and a preview of work at Bowers tat is scheduled to begin next year. You can watch a replay on the district Facebook page or at the Silk City TV website.
- Latasha Easterling-Turnquest (right), the district’s Chief of Family Partnership & Student Engagement, has another installment of her LET's Talk series and you can watch it here.
- To see the latest Manchester Adult and Continuing Education newsletter please click here.
- Want to support the MHS Class of '22? You can buy mums and support Project Graduation. Click for details.
Humans of Manchester, Cont.
Up Close With Our All-Stars
The Week Ahead
Friday, Sept. 17
5:30 p.m. -- Free baseball clinic for kids 7-10 with the Little League All-Stars at Northwest Park.
6:30 p.m. -- Manchester High season-opening home football game vs. Newington
Saturday, Sept. 18
8 a.m. - noon -- MACC Manchester Farmers Market at Forest St. parking lot.
9 a.m. -- East Side Blockwatch Neighborhood cleanup staring at 153 Spruce St.
9 a.m. - 2 p.m. -- Outdoor tag sale at Unitarian Universalist Society: East
9 a.m. - 1 p.m. -- Boy Scout Troop 123 Car Wash at Community Baptist Church
1 p.m. -- Cheney Railroad Walk starts at 146 Hartford Rd
3 -6 p.m. -- Golabki Festival at 23 Golway St.
7 -10 p.m. -- Music is back at the Elks Club with Silver Fox, 30 Bissell St.
Sunday, Sept. 19
9 a.m. -- Daycare provider First Aid and Heart Saver CPR Hybrid at 75 Center St. (also Oct 16, Nov. 13 and Dec. 11.)
Monday, Sept. 20
7 p.m. -- Author Steve Leshin at Mary Cheney Library.
Tuesday, Sept 21
7 p.m. -- Troop 25 In-person joining night at Center Congregational Church, 11 Center St.
Wednesday, Sept. 22
4:30 - 7:30 p.m. -- Northwest Park Farmer’s Market (Wednesdays through Oct. 7)
7:30 p.m. -- Rima Riedel book launch at Mary Cheney Library.
- Saturday and Sunday -- Manchester Antique and Collectible Show at 385 North Main St.
- Sept. 17 - 25 -- Manchester Land Trust tag sale at 330 Bush Hill Rd, daily from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
- Friday - Sunday -- The Greater Hartford Disc Golf Open at Wickham Park.
- Plus: the deadline for the Main St. Scarecrow Contest is Sept. 28
Also of Note:
- The Courant has a heartwarming story about a Manchester family blessed with three newly adopted children.
- The JI covered the Board of Directors' approval of a resolution that aims to improve services and resources for the LGBTQ+ community.
- Better Manchester has a story about school lunch debts.
- The town is seeking input in its search for a new General Manager.
- Click here for the latest Manchester Matters
- The latest Manchester Historical Society newsletter is here.
- The Sculpture Project Committee has postponed a Sept. 25 event that was to raise money for a statue of Elisabeth M. Bennet. Click for details.