Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration – New Jersey Education Association

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Hispanic Heritage Month is observed in the United States from September 15 to October 15. It celebrates the culture and history of the Caribbean, Central and South America, Mexico and Spain. September 15 is an important date because it is the anniversary of the independence of the Latin American countries El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Guatemala. In the following weeks, Mexico, Belize and Chile also celebrate their independence days. Hispanic Heritage Month was enacted on August 17, 1988, but its observance began in 1968.

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month allows educators to highlight diversity in the United States and around the world. Hispanic Heritage Month creates space for one-third of New Jersey’s Hispanic students to be seen, heard and celebrated.

By celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, educators can celebrate the rich culture of the Hispanic community, their contributions to society, and the diversity within the community. Educators may wish to observe the month-long celebration in different ways. Educators can encourage students to read and discuss Hispanic literature, explore art within the Hispanic community, explore the different cultures and many countries celebrated, and the countless contributions made by Hispanics.

The NJEA hopes to support all educators and students in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month as it strives to continue working for learning, equity, and justice. NJEA’s membership consists of 8.5% members who identify as Hispanic, and it hopes to continue to create spaces where their heritage is celebrated.

For resources, visit nea.org and search for “Hispanic Heritage Month”.

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