'Sounds of Little Haiti’ celebrates Haitian Flag Day
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – As the school year inches towards its end, three new principals have been named to West Palm Beach schools and are gearing up for the summer and fall semesters. At the school board meeting on May 9, Shari Bremekamp was introduced as principal of Hidden Oaks Elementary School, Corey Brooks as principal of William T. Dwyer High School, and Eli Morales as principal at Okeeheelee Middle School.
As the former principal at Cypress Trails Elementary, Bremekamp was excited at the prospect of leading Hidden Oaks, the District's first K-8 STEAM school (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) She enthusiastically told the School Board that "it will be my mission to motivate, encourage, inspire, and drive towards continuous academic improvement and to the social emotional well-being of all of our children."
Brooks had been the principal at John F. Kennedy Middle for nine years, a school he attended as a student years ago. Brooks is the son of an educator, mentioning that his mother has been a teacher for 38 years, 28 of which have been in Palm Beach County.
He shared some words of wisdom from his mother, that "you have the best job in the world, you get to shape, and manage, and just do wonderful things for kids and for staff." In that spirit, Brooks pledged that "I will do my best as a servant leader."
Morales takes over at Okeeheelee Middle, moving from her previous position as the principal at Highland Elementary. At the Board Meeting, she credited her parents who emigrated to the U.S., stating that she stands on their shoulders, and her success is due to their sacrifice. "This journey isn't about me, it's about the children of Palm Beach County," she said. "I take this position to heart, I'm so excited to have this opportunity."
MIAMI — Every third Friday of the month, Sounds of Little Haiti takes over the Little Haiti Cultural Complex with an outpouring of rich cultural experiences, a musical showcase, family art activities, art exhibitions, and shopping in the Caribbean Marketplace.
The third Friday of May (May 18) also happens to be Haitian Flag Day so the celebration takes on even greater meaning. Haitian Flag Day celebrates the culture and recreates the magic of Haiti for Haitian people living in all four corners of the world who still call Haiti home. Little Haiti provides the space and ambiance for people to commemorate the culture of home. Haitian pop icon and former president Sweet Micky will take center stage at Sounds of Little Haiti.
“We are thrilled to be able to celebrate Haitian Flag Day in Little Haiti. The Haitian flag is a symbol of pride and our team has worked to put together an event to celebrate the authentic culture and heritage of Haiti,” said Sandy Dorsainvil, Sounds of Little Haiti and Maximillian Consultants.
This free outdoor event is a magnet intended to bring together Haitians in the Diaspora, local residents, and tourists where they can sample, share, and see authentic Haitian culture and its influence in the South Florida community. The event will be hosted by Mecca (a.k.a. Grimo) and is scheduled from 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex.
Sponsors for the event include Maximillian Consultants Inc., Purforce Group, Prestige Beer, the Little Haiti Cultural Complex, Keon Hardemon, the Chair of the City of Miami Commission, the Office of Mayor Francis Suarez, Magic City Innovation District Foundation, Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, Island T.V., Cola Couronne, Radio Mega Radio Flor, and WSRF 1580.
For more information call 305-960-2969. To RSVP, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sounds-of-little-haiti-sweetmicky-tickets-45226517732#