'Sounds of Lit­tle Haiti’ cel­e­brates Haitian Flag Day

South Florida Times - - METRO - New prin­ci­pals, Eli Mo­rales,Okee­heelee Mid­dle School, Corey Brooks, Wil­liam T. Dwyer High School, Shari Bre­mekamp, Hid­den Oaks Ele­men­tary are tak­ing over new lead­er­ship po­si­tions. Staff Re­port FLAG DAY: Haitian Flag Day will be cel­e­brated in Lit­tle Haiti

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#

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