September 15, 2021 – Collinsville Community Unit School District #10 celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month which takes place each year September 15 – October 15.
The district’s Diversity & Equity Committee has compiled and distributed a list of resources schools and teachers will incorporate into lessons this month – and throughout the school year – to recognize the contributions Hispanic Americans have made to our society.
According to the website hispanicheritagemonth.gov:
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 observation 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 September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.
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.
Use THIS LINK to visit the website and learn more from resources compiled from The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.