HARLINGEN — Chess, cheerleaders and robotics enthusiasts.

They marched together Monday around the track at Boggus Stadium amid great music, magic and general revelry, celebrating Texas Public Schools Week.

Superintendent Art Cavazos, School Board Member Bobby Muniz and other local officials spoke in favor of public schools.

Traci Gonzalez, principal at Rodriguez Elementary, said schools throughout the district sent representatives of various organizations such as student council and marching band to walk in the procession.

“We marched and we celebrated all the great things that public education in the city of Harlingen has to offer,” Gonzalez said.

Texas Public Schools Week gives students and educators the chance to highlight the work being done on their campuses. Monday was the kickoff, but activities throughout the week are being held to observe the yearly event.

For example, today students at Wilson Elementary can fly kites during P.E. class. At Coakley Middle School, parents can eat lunch in the cafeteria with their children, and at both KEYS Academy and Early College High School students can dress in western attire.

“It’s an important way to support public education in the state of Texas,” Gonzalez said. “It’s important for our democracy.”

The Power of Public Schools – HCISD events today in honor of Public Schools Week

AUSTIN ELEMENTARY

“Learning Gives You Superpowers!” Students & staff will wear a favorite superheroes shirt. 2nd grade picnic 11:45-12:15 3rd grade picnic 11:30 -12

BONHAM

ELEMENTARY

Bonham students are College Bound: Wear your college shirts Family Picnic- Pre-Kinder, Kinder, 2nd, 4th Students will receive a sack lunch.

Parents must bring their own lunch.) Lunch times- PK- 10:45, Kinder- 11:15, 2nd- 11:45, 4th- 12:15

BOWIE ELEMENTARY

We celebrate and support the power of public schools!! Wear your favorite superhero t-shirt (NO COSTUMES)

DISHMAN

ELEMENTARY

The POWER of Super Heroes Wear your favorite super hero attire. Student Bubble/Frisbee Fun Day – Students will need to bring their own Frisbee or bubbles to enjoy during special program time

HOUSTON

ELEMENTARY

The Power of Public Schools! Dress like a Superhero/Wear a Superhero shirt.

JEFFERSON

ELEMENTARY

Learning Texas Style Teachers will integrate a lesson on Texas symbols or its history. Big Canyon Balloon for 5th Grade Earth Science 12:10-1:10 p.m. Jefferson (38 students) / Milam (24 students)

LAMAR ELEMENTARY

We achieve our dreams in public education Dress in your PJs Donuts with Dad sponsored by PTA 7:00-7:30 Gym. Lunch with your child: 1ST at 10:55 a.m. Big Canyon Balloon for 5th Grade Earth Science 8:15-9:15 a.m. (54 students). 9:25-10:25 a.m. (54 students)

LEE MEANS

ELEMENTARY

Hats off to the “Power” of public education. Students will wear a hat/cap to promote “Power” of the public Big Canyon Balloon for 5th Grade Earth Science 1:15-2:15 p.m. Means (42 students) / Milam (24 students)

LONG ELEMENTARY

#FutureMe Students wear career attire 7:00am-7:45am Dads are invited to come to the Gym to share a treat with students #DymamicDad Big Canyon Balloon for 5th Grade Earth Science 10:30-11:30 a.m. (59 students)

MILAM ELEMENTARY

Texans think SMART! Wear your favorite super hero shirt. Texas Pride Coloring Contest! Enter and you could win a prize. Bring a Buddy” to Lunch (1st – 2nd grade)

DR. RODRIGUEZ

ELEMENTARY

Wellness Wednesday We’re on FIRE for Wellness! Wear orange, red, or yellow and your exercise shoes and participate in a class exercise.

STUART PLACE

ELEMENTARY

Bluebonnet Day (wear blue)

TRAVIS ELEMENTARY

Texas Teams Pride wear your favorite shirt from your favorite Texan team.

WILSON ELEMENTARY

Soaring High in the Texas Skies – Dress in your favorite spring break attire. Students bring their own kite to fly during P.E. today. Parents are invited.

ZAVALA ELEMENTARY

“Texans Have BIG Hearts” Students & staff will wear red because Texans have BIG Hearts! Have a Wonderful Wednesday by faithfully helping those in need. PK/K/1st: Items for Queen of Peace Food Pantry & Faith Pleases God Food Pantry (canned foods or other non-perishable items). 2nd & 3rd: Items for the Ronald McDonald House (“home-away-from-home” for families with ill children visiting the hospital). 4th & 5th: Items for Humane Society. Kinder (11:05 a.m.) parents are invited to eat w/ your child.

COAKLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL

Wear Red, White And Blue To Show Off Your Texas Pride! *6th grade parent-student luncheon (weather permitting).

Parents are invited to attend campus and bring lunch for themselves and their child during his/her regular lunchtime. Parents may eat in the cafeteria, at the picnic tables, or bring a blanket for an outdoor picnic lunch.

Parents please sign in at the front office. 6Th grade lunch 11 a.m.-11:35 a.m.

GUTIERREZ MIDDLE SCHOOL

Jersey Day Wear your favorite jersey

MEMORIAL

MIDDLE SCHOOL

PTA Breakfast

EARLY COLLEGE

HIGH SCHOOL

Dress western

HARLINGEN SCHOOL OF HEALTH PROFESSIONS

Grandparents for Breakfast

KEYS ACADEMY

Texas Public Schools – The Power of Public Wear western attire to show your Texan pride.