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Hispanic Heritage – More Than Just a Month

Hispanic Heritage – More Than Just a Month

It takes unique individuals to complete the big, beautiful puzzle that we call the Klein Family, and we pride ourselves on the rich diversity of our district. Join us as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 – October 15. Together, we will educate, celebrate, and appreciate the culture and contributions of Hispanic Americans. 

To understand the significance of Hispanic Heritage Month, we must first educate ourselves, our friends, our families, and our neighbors on the long-lasting history of the month itself. 

According to the official website, Hispanic Heritage Month “pays tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society.” Essentially, the month celebrates the history and influence of those whose ancestors are from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. 

The month-long observation that we know today originally started as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson in 1968. Twenty years later, President Ronald Reagan expanded it to cover a 30-day period beginning on the ever-so-important date of September 15 (bonus points if you know the importance of this date before reading it!), which marks the anniversary of independence for the Latin American countries of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexico, Chile, and Belize weren’t far behind, gaining independence on the 16th, 18th, and 21st. 

Today, over 57 million people or 18% of the American population are of Hispanic or Latino origin. As this number increases, so does the importance of acknowledging the influence, traditions, customs, and culture. Stay tuned throughout the month as we share unique ways to embrace this month to the fullest!

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