ELIZABETH, NJ - The Elizabeth Board of Education recognized the city’s and students’ of the school district’s various cultures by approving Portugal, Cuba and Haiti Celebration Resolutions.

“Thank you for all your dedication to the kids and to the community,” said Carla Rodriguez of the Portugal Day Committee.

Portugal Day is June 10 and the parade down Elizabeth Avenue will start at 2 p.m. on June 7.

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Cuban Independence Day is May 20 but it will be celebrated in Elizabeth with a parade on May 17 at 1 p.m. The parade will start at New Point Road and Elizabeth Avenue and will march to Winfield Scott Park. After the parade there will be a celebration at Club Cubano at 179 New Point Rd.

“The month of May is Haitian Heritage Month,” said board member Stanley Neron.

Haitian Flag Day is May 18 and the flag will be raised at city hall at 4 p.m. on that day.

Also honored at the meeting was Consul General of the Republic of Angola in New York, Adao Pinto.

“We cannot forget the world’s education,” said Pinto after receiving a resolution of honor for his work from the board. “Thank you.”

Kindergarden students from Juan Pablo Duarte - Jose Julian Marti School No. 28 performed  a dance to Mambo No. 8 by Perez Prado.

Watch our video of the students’ performance click here.

The next board of education meeting will be on June 11 at 7:00 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of the Donald Stewart Center for Early Childhood Education, 544 Pennsylvania Avenue.