Joliet Central will be hosting a festival on April 27,2017. This festival is called The Kermes. At the Kermes people are handed out awards that have made positive contributions to the local Latino community and wrote a creative paper in honor of Cesar Chavez. Families come over to celebrate in the spirit of Cesar Chavez and have food and dance. People perform traditional Mexican dancing featuring students and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church and dances that are performed with drums called Tamborazo. People then perform trick roping from people that live in Ranches. Joliet Central plans to make this a yearly Festival and that’s why they invite the whole community for everyone to come together and have fun with entertainment. Central has started this Festival since last year and this year will be the second time they will do it. Central wants to be able to motivate the community and other communities to come up with more Festivals for fundraising and having the whole community come together and participate and eventually promote public art among other initiatives. They raise all money from food and entertainment for a newly created scholarship called “Follow Your Dream.” Central’s staff and students are excited to see people come together to celebrate diversity.