Hispanic Heritage Month

NPSD Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month

 

About

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.

5 fun facts about National Hispanic History Month

  • The month aims to celebrate the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.
  • In 1968, President Lyndon Johnson declared September 15 through October 15th as Hispanic Heritage Month.
  • September 15 was chosen as the first day of the celebration to commemorate the anniversary of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua.
  • Hispanic and Latinx are not synonymous- The label “Hispanic” refers to people who speak Spanish and/or are descended from Spanish-speaking populations. This is contrasted by “Latino” (or Latina or Latinx), which refers to people who are from or descended from people from Latin America.
  • Eighteen percent of the U.S. population is Hispanic- which is the largest ethnic or racial minority in the country.

 

Resources for Students and Families

 

 

Resources for Staff

The following resources have been shared with NPSD staff, who have been encouraged to use them in ways that are most meaningful to them. Additionally, librarians at each school in the North Penn School District have selected nonfiction texts focusing on the Hispanic experience to be showcased at our schools.