Every year between September 15th and October 15th, Americans across the United States celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month in honor of the histories, cultures, and contributions of U.S. families with roots in Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central, and South America.
Originally designated as “Hispanic Heritage Week” by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1968, the 30-day period that is celebrated today was signed into U.S. law as a joint resolution by President Ronald Reagan and Congress in 1988.
So why does this celebration kick off in the middle of September? September 15 was selected as the first day in symbolic recognition of the Independence Days for the Latin American countries of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua, as well as Mexico (September 16) and Chile (September 18).
Many public schools throughout the City will commemorate National Hispanic Heritage Month with events, fun activities, and interesting lessons that highlight the experiences, perspectives, and contributions of Hispanic/Latinx people in the US.
Please visit the DOE’s Morning Bell Blog to see a list of books, events, and resources for families and students in grades 3-K through 12. We hope you enjoy and learn from these outstanding books and resources.