Local Schools Celebrate Hispanic Heritage

The number of Hispanic students in Florida schools is up more than five-fold in the past 25 years.

Florida’s First Lady Columba Bush is helping Tallahassee’s Kate Sullivan Elementary School celebrate "Hispanic Heritage Month" with music, arts, crafts and more.

For one Peruvian born parent who has two kids in school here, she says it's critical to expose children to other languages and cultures early.

"I always like to teach Spanish because I think the kids have great potential, they're open to opportunities, you know, with everything is growing now and it's good for them to know that there are people in other parts of the world that speak a different language."

Statewide the DOE says Hispanics account for about 22 percent of the student population. In Leon County it's much lower at less than three percent.