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Festival showcases district students, programs

It’s time to celebrate your local kids.

The second annual Proud to be HSD Festival is happening in conjunction with the Farmers’ Market on Saturday, May 21, from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in downtown Hillsboro.

Celebrate and support the accomplishments and talents of Hillsboro School District students and learn more about the variety of opportunities available to them.

HILLSBORO TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - School banners from last years Proud to Be HSD festival hang at the Civic Center. This years festival is slated for this Saturday, May 21 during the downtown Farmers Market.This year’s festival will feature an art walk and scavenger hunt, a performance stage, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) pavilion, Career and College Pathways area, student entrepreneurs, PE/activities area and a mascot challenge.

Students at the STEAM pavilion will demonstrate the learning taking place at the district’s STEAM focus schools, as well in various after-school programs.

Students and teachers at the College and Career Pathways area will showcase student projects in each of the six defined pathways.

Adjacent to the College and Career Pathways area, students will help showcase some of the district’s premier programs and community partnerships, including Liberty High School’s Fire Science program (and their fire engine), Police Cadets and auto technology.

Student art will be displayed in several locations in the downtown area. Visitors are invited to take part in the art scavenger hunt for prizes donated by local businesses.

Visit the performance stage to hear and see various student talent in the school district, including dancers, singers and choirs, elementary Readers Theatre, a battle of the bands and jazz bands.

Expend a little energy at the physical education and activities area where there will be athletic events throughout the day, including a mascot showdown.

Members of school chess teams will be on hand to challenge all-comers to test their chess skills.

All levels — from beginner to expert — are welcome.

Community partners will also have booths set up in the festival area.

All activities will take place in the area of the Farmers’ Market, along Main Street between First and Third avenues and at the Civic Center Plaza.