Shorewood School District Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15, marks the one month celebration of Hispanic Heritage month. This year, we focus on the themes of prosperity, power, and progress by recognizing the significant accomplishments of Hispanics in the U.S. With 10% of the Shorewood School District’s student population identifying as Hispanic, we are taking this opportunity to educate, celebrate, and bring awareness to the Hispanic community we serve.

What is Hispanic Heritage Month and Why do we Celebrate it mid-September?

Hispanic Heritage Month has been a celebration in the U.S. for more than 40 years. It’s a national celebration to honor the history, culture, and influence of generations who came to the U.S. from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. September 15 marks the independence anniversary of Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. What was originally intended to be a week-long celebration, was turned into a month-long event by President Ronald Reagan on August, 17, 1988. September 15 is followed by Mexico’s Independence Day on September 16 and Chile’s Independence Day on September 18. 

What’s the Difference Between Hispanic and Latino(a)?

While people use the two terms interchangeably, there is a difference. Someone who identifies as Hispanic is a person who comes from, or is a descendant of, a Spanish speaking country. Latino(a) is used when talking about someone who comes from, or is a descendant from any Latin American country. So, a person can be both Hispanic and Latino(a), but not all Latinos are Hispanic. One example would be Brazillians. They are Latinos but their native language is not Spanish. 

The Shorewood School District recognizes and celebrates the contribution of our Hispanic community and we value the diversity and inclusivity we have in our district. Join us in recognizing and celebrating the prosperity, power, and progress of the Hispanic people this month and beyond.