The Hispanic population accounts for the second-largest ethnic group in the U.S. By 2022, Hispanics are expected to become the largest population group in Texas. September 15 marks the start of Hispanic Heritage month—a month to recognize the contributions of Hispanic Americans to U.S. culture.
Throughout the nation, people have often celebrated by participating in festivals, enjoying traditional Hispanic foods, and immersing themselves into the vibrant culture. The observation originally started as Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968 but was then expanded to a 30-day celebration in 1988.
Although public events are being canceled this year, Austin YES is providing a few ideas on how you can still celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month from home. Here are some activity options:
- A Month of Ideas Celebration Hispanic Heritage – Scholastic.com
- National Hispanic Heritage Month – National Education Association
Taking the time to teach your children about culture, whether it is their own or exploring others, is an essential piece to their growth and development as a global citizen. If your students are virtually learning from home or practicing social distance learning in their school classroom, take the time to share with them the history and importance of culture.