Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month
Posted on 10/18/2022

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. Take a look at photos from just some of the events that took place around the district.

Buzz Aldrin hosted a Latin Fusion Night, a fun-filled evening that included refreshing spirits, excellent food, and wonderful Latin music and dance lessons.

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Edgemont’s Hispanic Heritage Month activities included a Latin map and a movie night where families gathered for a viewing of Encanto.

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A school-wide Hispanic Heritage Month assembly at Glenfield featured a two-hour cultural celebration of music, history, language, dance and social justice. Performances of mariachi, flamenco, salsa, Macarena and more took place, all with the resounding message of being "stronger together."

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The School Action Teams for Partnerships from Hillside and Nishuane put together an Hispanic Heritage Month celebration that included artwork of famous Hispanic  figures created by students in Ms. Ivory Wise's art class (pictured first row), food and dancing. The event was jam packed with a host of activities and performances. There were dance lessons by Arthur Murray and music by Ms. Periera & the Latin Fusion Band, along with food and baked goods. All baked good proceeds were donated to Taller Salud a Puerto Rican organization supporting communities in the aftermath of Hurricane Fiona.

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Montclair High School celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month with a gathering for staff and students featuring artistic posters, cultural artifacts, music and dance.

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