PSB Celebrates National 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 Johnson and was expanded by President Reagan in 1988 to cover the 30-day period it is now. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988.
National Hispanic Heritage Months begins on September 15 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 September 18, respectively.
Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month promotes school climate, builds pride, and educates the school community on Latino culture. This year, for the first time, our schools are recognizing Hispanic Heritage Month by creating celebratory banners, including, including Latino-inspired options in school lunches, and participating in a scavenger hunt to learn important historical facts.
Have an idea for National Hispanic Heritage Month, or want to get involved? Contact Pierce School parent and METCO parent liaison, Milly Arbaje-Thomas, at email@example.com.