St. Lucie Public Schools Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

First Lady Casey DeSantis announced that the theme for Hispanic Heritage Month will be “Celebrating Hispanic-American Community Leaders and Champions” and released information regarding the student art and essay contests and Excellence in Education awards. Hispanic Heritage Month is recognized and celebrated in the United States from September 15 to October 15.

St. Lucie Public Schools will be celebrating through a social media campaign highlighting Hispanic Heritage Facts and notable people of Hispanic descent.

Student Contests

GOVERNOR RON DESANTIS’ AND FIRST LADY CASEY DESANTIS’ HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH ART AND ESSAY CONTESTS

Art Contest

(Grades K-3)

Governor Ron DeSantis’ and First Lady Casey DeSantis’ Hispanic Heritage Month Art Contest is open to all K-3 students in the state of Florida.

Entry Dates: Entries must be mailed to Volunteer Florida: Hispanic Heritage Month Committee, 1545 Raymond Diehl Road, Suite 250, Tallahassee, FL 32308. All entries must be received no later than 5 pm ET on Monday, October 11, 2021. Emailed, scanned, or faxed entries will not be accepted. Contestants are responsible for all shipping costs.

Awards: Two winners will be selected and notified. Once the winners are announced, the decision is final.

ENGLISH VERSION – 2021 Hispanic Heritage Month Art Contest Rules, Guidelines & Waiver Form (.PDF)

SPANISH VERSION – 2021 Hispanic Heritage Month Art Contest Rules, Guidelines & Waiver Form (.PDF)


Essay Contest

(Grades 4-5, 6-8, 9-12)

Governor Ron DeSantis’ and First Lady Casey DeSantis’ Hispanic Heritage Month Essay Contest is open to all students attending any Florida school in grades 4-12 (public, charter, private, home or virtual). Three winners will be selected: one elementary school student (grades 4-5), one middle school student (grades 6-8), and one high school student (grades 9-12).

Entry Dates: Entries can be mailed to Volunteer Florida, Hispanic Heritage Month Committee, 1545 Raymond Diehl Road, Suite 250, Tallahassee, FL 32308, or submitted electronically through the online submission form. All entries must be received no later than 5 pm ET on Monday, October 11, 2021. Emailed, scanned, or faxed entries will not be accepted. Contestants are responsible for all shipping costs. Entries submitted electronically will receive an email confirmation.

Awards: Winners will receive a 4-Year Florida College Plan scholarship provided by Florida Prepaid College Foundation. Once the winners are announced, the decision is final.

Contact Volunteer Florida at (850) 414-7400 for any further questions.

Online Submission

2021 Hispanic Heritage Month Essay Contest Online Submission

Paper Submission

ENGLISH VERSION – 2021 Hispanic Heritage Month Essay Contest Rules, Guidelines & Waiver Form (.PDF)

SPANISH VERSION – 2021 Hispanic Heritage Month Essay Contest Rules, Guidelines & Waiver Form (.PDF)

Educator Awards

GOVERNOR RON DESANTIS’ AND FIRST LADY CASEY DESANTIS’ HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION AWARD CONTEST

Official Rules and Guidelines

Governor Ron DeSantis’ and First Lady Casey DeSantis’ Hispanic Heritage Month Excellence in Education Award Contest is open to any full-time educator who works in an elementary, middle, or high school in Florida (including public, charter, private, homeschool and virtual schools). Nominations may be submitted by a principal, teacher, parent/guardian or student.

Entry Dates: Entries can be mailed to Volunteer Florida, Hispanic Heritage Month Committee, 1545 Raymond Diehl Road, Suite 250, Tallahassee, Florida 32308, or submitted electronically. All entries must be received no later than 5 pm ET on Monday, October 11, 2021. Contestants are responsible for all shipping costs. Entries submitted electronically will receive an email confirmation.

Awards: Three winners will be selected: one elementary teacher (grades K-5), one middle school teacher (grades 6-8), and one high school teacher (grades 9-12). Once the winners are announced, the decision is final.

Contact Volunteer Florida at (850) 414-7400 with any further questions.

Online Submission

2021 Hispanic Heritage Month Excellence in Education Award Contest Online Submission

Paper Submission

ENGLISH VERSION – 2021 Hispanic Heritage Month Excellence in Education Award Contest Official Rules, Guidelines & Nomination Form (.PDF)

SPANISH VERSION – 2021 Hispanic Heritage Month Excellence in Education Award Contest Official Rules, Guidelines & Nomination Form (.PDF)