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Events for School Year 2020-2021

Hispanic Heritage Month

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 to Thursday, October 15, 2020

History

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. The day of September 15 is significant 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 September18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period. Beginning in 1968, Hispanic Heritage Month was originally observed as “Hispanic Heritage Week,” but it was later extended to a month in 1988.

Purpose

National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates and recognizes the contributions Hispanic Americans have made to American society and culture and honors five of our Central American neighbors who celebrate their independence in September. It is also a time for the United States Military to honor both fallen and active duty Hispanic Americans' who served in the armed forces. 

Hispanic Heritage Month Library Collection

APS librarians have put together a special Hispanic Heritage collection for students and teachers.  APS teachers and students have access through their school library catalogs.  Anyone needing support can contact their school librarian or Library Services.

Hispanic Heritage Collection 

Cited

  • National Hispanic Heritage Month. (n.d.). Retrieved September 30, 2020, from https://sites.ed.gov/hispanic-initiative/national-hispanic-heritage-month/
  • Congress, T., Administration, N., Humanities, N., Art, N., Service, N., Institution, U., & Museum, U. (n.d.). National Hispanic American Heritage Month 2020. Retrieved September 30, 2020, from https://www.hispanicheritagemonth.gov/about/

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