Celebrate Hispanic Awareness Month
September 15 - October 23, 2022
What is Hispanic Heritage Month?
Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.
The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.
The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.
Hispanic Heritage Activities
- Friday, September 30th "Flag Day" Students and staff may wear colors of Hispanic flags; Red, Green Yellow Blue and White.
- Friday, October 7th " Hispanic Hero Day" Student and staff will learn about Hispanic Heroes. Please find a suggested list of Hispanic Heroes below.
- Friday, October 14th : "Traditional Dress Day" Students and staff are invited to wear items that are traditionally Hispanic. Suggestions include hats, clothing, costumes, accessories, etc.
Notable Hispanic Heroes
Civil Rights Activist, First Hispanic woman to be inducted into the Hall of Fame
Frist Hispanic baseball player to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, Activist, Community Leader
Famous Hispanic actor who starred in award winning stage play Hamilton