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Austin ISD Students Unveil Tejano Monument; Teachers Collaborate on University Curriculum

Austin, TX—More than 100 fourth and fifth grade students from Brentwood, Dawson, Galindo and Wooten elementary schools will help make history as they join the Tejano Monument Inc., the Mexican American Cultural Center and the University of Texas at Austin to unveil the Tejano Monument.

The series of statues by Armando Hinojosa commemorates the contributions made by Texans of Spanish and Mexican descent (Tejanos) between 1500 and 2010.

The AISD students and teachers are participating in a curriculum project focused on Tejano history with the University of Texas at Austin. Six AISD fourth-grade teachers, who are current and former students of the College of Education's Bilingual Education program, are developing supplementary curricular materials on Tejano history. The curriculum will be available to fourth-grade teachers throughout Texas.

Who: AISD students join local and state leaders including Texas Governor Rick Perry

What: Tejano Monument Unveiling Ceremony

When: Thursday, March 29

10 a.m. – Opening ceremonies

10:45 a.m. – Monument unveiling

Where: Texas Capitol, 1100 Congress Ave.

In addition to the monument unveiling, the Reagan High School New Orleans Funk Band and the Crockett High School Mariachi will join other AISD students in the Nosotros Los Tejanos Parade at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 31. The parade will begin at the south end of the Congress bridge and continue to the capitol.

To learn more about the activities scheduled to celebrate the Tejano Monument, visit www.tejanomonument.com.

For more information, please contact the Department of Public Relations and Multicultural Outreach at 414-2414.