Students at Humphries Elementary School enjoyed a Mexican hat dance, a video of De Colores and a school lunch consisting of popular Hispanic food during a recent celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.
Hispanic Heritage Month was established in 1968 when President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a week in September as National Week of Hispanic Heritage. President Ronald Reagan extended this celebration in 1988 to a full month to honor Hispanic and Latino contributions in our country.
From September 15 to October 15 America observes the culture and traditions of those residents who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and the Hispanic countries of Central America, South America and the Caribbean. The celebration begins September 16th to highlight the date five Latin American countries celebrate their independence: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico celebrates its independence on September 16th and Chile celebrates on September 18th.
Señora Ortiz, parent liaison at Humphries,, stated, “Hispanic Heritage Month is a great opportunity to spread the word about the cultural, economic and historic influence of Hispanic and Latino cultures in the United States.”