Friday, September 15, 2023
Hispanic Heritage Month at SHA
South Hills Academy has been blessed this year with two wonderful Spanish teachers on our campus – Ms. Bertha in our elementary and Mr. Carranza in our middle school. Being located in Southern California, we here at SHA have the blessing of being in close proximity to the rich array of Hispanic cultures that are held so near and dear to many of our SHA Eagles and their families.
This is a very special time for their classrooms as SHA, along with thousands of classrooms all over the country are celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month. This observation is from September 15th through October 15th, and is a celebration of 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.
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 16th and September 18th, respectively.
In addition to learning the structure and linguistics related to the Spanish language, our SHA students have also been exploring the reasons independence was sought for various Latin American regions and why it’s important to remember and celebrate these beautiful heritages.
We at SHA wish all our Eagles who celebrate a Happy National Hispanic Heritage Month!
The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places; Indeed, my heritage is beautiful to me. (Psalm 16:6)