National Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to celebrate the history, cultures and contributions that Hispanic and Latino Americans have made to the United States.
Hispanic Heritage Month begins each year on Sept. 15, the anniversary of the independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico, Chile and Belize celebrate their independence days on Sept. 16, Sept. 18 and Sept. 21 respectively.
The 30-day period also falls within Columbus Day or Día de la Raza on Oct. 12, which is a celebration of Hispanic traditions and cultural heritage in many Latin American countries.
Mansfield ISD campuses will be celebrating the impact of Hispanic and Latino cultures through assemblies, lessons, morning announcements and projects. Here is a list of some campus celebrations:
- Janet Brockett Elementary School students will have the opportunity to create a Hispanic Heritage poster that highlights the contributions and accomplishments of Hispanic people. The campus will also host a Hispanic Heritage Read-In with Timberview High School AVID students on Friday, Oct. 4.
- D.P. Morris Elementary School is having its Hispanic Heritage Celebration on Tuesday, Sept. 24 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. There will be food, a dance performance and live music. Telemundo (channel 39) will be covering the event as well.
- Annette Perry Elementary School will have Hispanic Heritage trivia every Wednesday for the month. Plus, there will be different associated books and projects on display.
- Roberta Tipps Elementary School will be observing Hispanic Heritage Month with festive music in the hallways, special lessons taught by the librarian and different history facts on the daily announcement videos.
- Legacy High School celebrated Mexican Independence Day on Monday. Sept. 16. The campus had a dress-up day celebrating the Mexican culture. During all three lunches, the school celebrated by dancing and playing lotoria (bingo).
The national observance started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week and later expanded to a month-long celebration in 1988. Learn more about National Hispanic Heritage Month here.