2017 US District Court Hispanic Heritage Celebration: Trailblazers of Our Court

October 9, 2017

On September 28th 2017, Puerto Rican Arts Center and LEAP Academy teachers and students had the privilege of participating in the New Jersey District Court Hispanic Heritage Celebration. LEAP students delighted the audience and honored District Court Judges Hon. Esther Salas, Hon. Jose Linares, and Hon. Joseph Rodriguez with a typical Puerto Rican Plena dance, an original poem about the challenges that come with being a Hispanic youth in Camden, a musical performance by our school band, and student art.

Our students also had the opportunity to meet and greet with the District Court Judges that were being honored that afternoon and listened to their inspiring stories of success, resilience, and pride for being Hispanic.  LEAP teachers and PRAC Director were also honored by the district court and given an honorary challenge coin. The event ended with a luncheon and a  Zumba dance where some of our teachers and students were more than willing to participate.  Click here to see photos of the event