ELIZABETH—The Consulate General of Portugal, Maria Amelia Paiva, will pay a special visit to Monsignor João S. Antão School No. 31 in Elizabeth, on Thursday.
The Consulate General of Portugal has been an active public servant, committed to the advancement and cultural preservation of the Portuguese community in Toronto, Canada. She has sponsored many community outreach programs including academic scholarships for Portuguese students; public forums discussing the rights of immigrant Portuguese woman; and “Gathering of Voices, Visions and Identities,” an event that celebrates poetry, music and dance of Portuguese speaking countries.
Recently, the Consulate General of Portugal has relocated to the State of New Jersey, where she hopes to continue her outreach programs. This commitment inspired her to reach out to the learning community at Monsignor João S. Antão School No. 31, whose namesake is a Portuguese community leader in Elizabeth. She will tour the facility and donate Portuguese books to the school’s library.
Superintendent of Schools Pablo Muñoz noted, “The consulate’s visit is a great honor for us. In such a diverse school district, the lessons of unity and honoring all heritages are very important and I strongly believe that her visit will help deliver that lesson to our students.”
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