Every middle school student at Saklan had already known what “National Hispanic Heritage Month” was and when it was celebrated. To expand their knowledge, they watched a video called “Mes de la Herencia Hispana” created by CNN last week. After watching the video, they were able to share some additional facts about this celebration in the United States.
- It is celebrated from September 15th to October 15th. Independence Day in México and Chile fall within this 30-day period.
- It is celebrated by American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.
- Hispanic Heritage week started in 1968 during President Lyndon Johnson.
- Hispanic Heritage celebrations expanded to 30-day under President Ronald Regan .
In the 4th to 8th Spanish Class, students colored flags from 20 different Hispanic countries that celebrate this important day.