Hispanic/Latine Heritage Month Celebrated

Hispanic/Latine Heritage Month Celebrated
Posted on 10/25/2023
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.Montclair Public Schools celebrated with a variety of lessons and activities focusing on present-day and historical figures, cultural practices, food, dance, music and more. Below is just a sampling of some of the events that took place around the district.

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Bradford students were treated to Capoeira and Samba performances by Mestre Gaivota and The Afro Brazilian Cultural Center of New Jersey Music and Dance Ensemble in recognition of Hispanic Heritage/Latine Month. Students were captivated by the rich African-influenced rhythms and dances from Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, a place noted for customs that are strongly based in ancient African traditions and spirituality.

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Edgemont held its third annual event celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. This community-wide, free event celebrated the history and culture of those whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The event featured a taco and quesadilla bar provided by Taqueria Los Gueros in Bloomfield and delicious churros from Tinga; a Restorative Justice craft table, led by Edgemont’s RJ Coordinator, Ms. Olivi, with flags that children decorated and are now being hung inside the school building; Latin dance lesson by Teacher Deb with festive music to get everyone moving; and an outdoor showing of the movie, Vivo, with colorful glow sticks and endless chairs and sleeping bags spread across our back lawn  It was such a lovely event that brought together so many from our community. There was a big focus on outreach to families that may normally miss out on these community building events due to language or financial barriers.

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Hillside Elementary’s SATP presented a Hispanic & Latine Heritage Month assembly featuring Segunda Quimbamba, a Puerto Rican folklore organization that performed Afro-Puerto Rican drums and dance called Bomba y Plena.

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Nishuane held several activities for students to explore Hispanic and Latine Heritage, centered on the theme “We Are Many! Not Just One!” Lessons included read-alouds, learning about noteworthy people of Hispanic/Latine origin. An enrichment activity invited learners and families to share a Latiné recipe with others. The month-long celebration was capped off with a special assembly featuring cultural performances of dance and music. 

Nishuane and Hillside also partnered for a Hispanic & Latine Heritage cultural celebration. 

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