Did you know that 17% of the PHS student body shares Hispanic heritage? September 15 is the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs through October 15. During this important month, we recognize the valuable historical and cultural contributions from those of Hispanic heritage to the broader fabric of our community.
The observation of this important month 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.
Why does National Hispanic Month start in the middle of September?
The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively.
Join us in celebrating the singular achievements and contributions of all those of Hispanic heritage. Check out the interesting student-produced posts on our social media outlets throughout the month.