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Boone High participates in parade, visits library

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl. But whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.”

Boone High School’s principal, Dr. Hector Maestre; dean, Jessica Reyes; assistant principal, Dr. Jessica Torres; along with a group of Boone Braves, did just that at the 38th annual MLK Parade on Jan. 14, marching with the OCPS Minority Leadership Scholars from 13 other high schools.

The parade theme this year was “It Starts with Me: Cultivating a Beloved Community Mindset to Break the Cycle of Injustice.”

Boone student Mercedez Cartagena-Del Rio said, “One positive thing that I took away from marching in Saturday’s Martin Luther King Parade was how easy it was to set apart our differences and come together as a united, multicultural family.”

To continue celebrating this theme, Dr. Maestre invites the Boone community to support OCPS’ Minority Leadership Scholars with him on Feb. 10 at the Dr. Phillips Center’s “Voices of Freedom: An Evening of Spoken Word” in honor of Black History Month. Reserve seats for your family, friends and students at

Orlando Poet Laureate Shawn Welcome will host this free event as well as weeklong spoken word residency programs at Jones and Evans high schools. Please contact for more information about hosting a spoken word residency at your school (which Boone did during Hispanic Heritage Month last fall).

From right to left: Boone Principal Dr. Hector Maestre, ELL/Reading teacher Lara Kirby with English Language Learners and paraprofessionals Daisy Lugo and Millie Torres on a field trip to the 100 Year Celebration of the Orange County Library System. (COURTESY OF BOONE HIGH SCHOOL)

Boone English Language Learners and Reading teacher Lara Kirby, along with paraprofessionals Daisy Lugo and Millie Torres, took a group of ELL students to the downtown branch of the Orange County Library System in honor of its 100 Year Celebration. This yearlong celebration includes special experiences highlighting the history of the OCLS with music events, fiber arts projects, virtual reality experiences and signature author series. For additional information, please visit

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