NCEA Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 – October 15

The month long celebration honors contributions of Latino and Hispanic communities.

Arlington, VA – September 15 begins National Hispanic Heritage Month and it runs through October 15. This month-long observance is a celebration of histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. It is a time to honor the contributions of Latino and Hispanic communities, highlighting diversity, culture and traditions.

The day of September 15 begins the month of celebration because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively.

More than 17 percent of the population of America is Hispanic or Latino origin and more than two-thirds of that population consider themselves Catholic. One-third of all Catholics in the United States are Hispanic.

National Hispanic Heritage Month is a good time for Hispanic and Latino students to showcase their cultural backgrounds and family traditions for their classmates. And it can provide a unique learning opportunity for all students.

Some ideas to use with your students:

Classroom activities:

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