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Arab American Heritage Month

April 2024

As we welcome the month of April, Arlington Public Schools embraces Arab American Heritage Month. This is a special time to celebrate the rich culture, history and contributions of Arab Americans in our community and across the nation. The Arab world consists of 22 countries in the Middle East and North Africa, including nations like Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Morocco.

At APS, we believe in fostering an inclusive community that empowers all students and families. This month presents an opportunity to explore and appreciate the diversity that strengthens our community. Through educational programs, cultural events, and classroom activities, we aim to enrich our students’ understanding and appreciation of Arab American heritage.

We encourage each of you to join us in this celebration. Whether it’s participating in school events, exploring cultural traditions at home, or simply learning more about the achievements of Arab Americans, your engagement makes a difference.

It’s important to note that the term Arab refers to a cultural and linguistic group, not a race or religion, allowing for a wide range of identities and experiences within the Arab American community.

On Thu, April 25, the Arlington School Board will recognize the 2024 Arab American student leaders from across APS high schools and programs as chosen by their principals. These students have excelled academically, demonstrated commitment to social justice, overcame hardships and contributed significantly to the community through collaboration, mentoring and involvement in various causes.

Let’s come together to honor the vibrant traditions and contributions of the Arab American community.

Check back soon for a list of the APS Arab American student leaders.

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