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Happy Birthday: Mendez Middle School Celebrates 30 Years

Mendez Middle School is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a festival, including food, games and performances.

What: Mendez Middle School is celebrating its 30-year anniversary with the Consuelo Mendez Heritage Festival. The festival includes carnival games, booths, raffles and food. Carnival activities range from a dunking booth and giant Jenga to face-painting and a cupcake walk.

Sponsors include Sen. Lloyd Doggett, Constable George Morales, Dove Springs Proud, AISD trustees Jamie Mathias and Cindy Anderson, Signature Flight Support, Callahan's General Store, The Austin Project, Austin City Council member Delia Garza, Kelly McKillop of McKlippits Hair and Make-Up, Serrano’s Restaurant, H-E-B, and RBFCU. The Consuelo Mendez Heritage Festival Benefits the Consuelo Mendez PTSA.

When: 4–7:30 p.m. Friday, March 3

4–7 p.m.        Booth and carnival games

6:45 p.m.       Raffle prizes will be announced in the courtyard

7 p.m.             “A Woman of Valor: Consuelo Herrera Mendez,” a play honoring the life of Consuelo Mendez, written by Mendez’s theater director Nina Bryant and performed by the advanced theater class, with a special guest star playing Consuelo Herrera Mendez

Where: 5106 Village Square Drive

Background: The school, which opened in 1987, was named after Consuelo Herrera Mendez, the first Latina teacher hired by Austin ISD, in 1927. Consuelo Mendez was a champion for the education of all Spanish-speaking people and was the first to translate the PTA newsletter into Spanish for her families in Austin. The middle school was named for her in 1987, and for the 30th anniversary, the school honors Mendez with a heritage festival to benefit the school’s PTSA.