Hispanic Heritage Month

Embracing Diversity in DeSoto ISD
Posted on 10/14/2021
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Students, teachers, and staff participated in multiple activities at campus and district level from Sep. 15 - Oct. 15 in observance of Hispanic Heritage Month. "The activities we have prepared to celebrate Hispanic Heritage will teach our school community what our culture is all about", said Dr. Helena Castanon-Vargas, director of bilingual programs to kick off Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations in DeSoto ISD. 

Elementary students participated in the art contest titled 
"What Hispanic Heritage and Culture Mean to Me" to continue celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. "Students relate very well to their Hispanic Heritage through the arts, food, even singers" said Dr. Kovar, Director of Fine Arts and Advanced Academics.

DeSoto ISD Hispanic Teachers and Staff were highlighted daily in district social media platforms and newsletters. What does it mean to be Hispanic? What are your favorite hispanic traditions? How are you sharing Hispanic traditions with your students? - are some of the questions we asked our Hispanic teachers.

What is Hispanic Heritage Month and why do we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month?

On September 15th, 1821, Honduras, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua gained their independence from Spain. 
September 15th marks the first day of Hispanic Heritage Month. This celebration was established in 1988 by United States President Ronald Reagan to celebrate Hispanic traditions and to honor the contributions Hispanics have made and still make to our culture in the United States. Mexico, Chile, and Belize also celebrate their independence during the month of September.