Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month
The Board of Education has proclaimed Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 as Hispanic Heritage Month. Throughout the month, MCPS schools will celebrate the unique cultures and traditions of students, teachers, staff and community members who trace their roots to Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries in North America, Central America, South America and the Caribbean.
Hispanics and Latinos are the largest ethnic group in MCPS, making up 32.4 percent of the student population and representing 21 Spanish-speaking countries.
National Hispanic Heritage Month honors the history and contributions of Latino Americans in the United States. This monthly celebration 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 Sept. 15 and ending on Oct. 15. It was enacted into law on Aug. 17, 1988.
Please contact your child’s school for information about their upcoming events. You can access more information about Hispanic Heritage Month, including a list of local events and educational resources here.