Hispanic Heritage Month Cultural Assembly for 3rd-5th Grades Will Be Friday, Oct. 19

Hispanic heritage has been celebrated in the United States for fifty years. It originally started as a week-long celebration in 1968 by President Lyndon B. Johnson and expanded to a month-long observance during President Ronald Reagan’s second term. Annually, Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated between September 15 and October 15 because many Latin American countries celebrate the anniversaries of their independence during this time period. The 2018 theme, Hispanics: One Endless Voice to Enhance our Traditions, invites us to reflect on Hispanic American traditions, history and cultures.

Across Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), Hispanic/Latino students are the fastest growing ethnic group and comprise roughly one-third of the total student population. According to the MCPS Equity Unit, Hispanic Heritage Month is important to students and families because children need to see themselves reflected in the history and contributions made to our country. On behalf of our local Council, Montgomery County Councilmember Nancy Navarro hosted a Hispanic Heritage Month Commemoration on October 9. Panelists shared life experiences and achievements as well as discussed important issues for Hispanic residents of the county.

Did you know that roughly 40 percent of our students at Lake Seneca are of Hispanic origin? For that reason, on October 19, the Lake Seneca Elementary School PTA is pleased to present a Cultural Assembly entitled ¿Cómo llegué aquí? or How Did I Get Here? for all students in Grades 3 to 5. This event will feature five local Hispanic professionals representing a range of career fields such as academia, children’s book publishing, entrepreneurship, fitness, journalism, music, and STEM. They will speak to our students about their educational and professional experiences and share tips for success.

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We hope you’ll ask your child(ren) about the experience. Thank you for your support!

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