Celebrating Hispanic Heritage in Our Schools

Each year between September 15 and October 15 we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM) by honoring and recognizing the contributions of Hispanic Americans to our culture and the long and important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans in America.

Hispanic Heritage Week was first proclaimed by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1968. The commemorative week was expanded to cover a 30-day period from September 15 to October 15 by President Ronald Reagan in 1988. It was enacted into law the same year.

September 15 was selected as the start date because it is the anniversary of the declaration of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico, Chile and Belize celebrate their independence days on September 16, September 18, and September 21, respectively.

During HHM, communities celebrate the achievements and contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans with community festivals, government-sponsored activities and educational activities for students. Here is how our schools have been marking HHM:

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