Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15 to October 15, and it allows Americans to pay tribute to Latin Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation! Nearly 29 percent of the student body in MCPS is comprised of Hispanics, and Montgomery County commemorates this month with a wide variety of activities, events, and celebrations.
White Oak Middle School held its first La Féria Latin Celebration Fair this earlier this month on October 2. Students attended an assembly aimed at exposing students to traditional Latin music and dance. They also painted a mural in their community, received cooking lessons, and held a soccer tournament.
On September 30, Albert Einstein High School held a Hispanic Heritage celebration. It included a parade featuring Latin American nations, traditional dance performances, a dance competition between the teachers, and a performance by the Titanes Salseros.
Ridgeview Middle School held a special event where families got the opportunity to learn about Latin culture. Students were able to display their social studies projects regarding Hispanic culture, wore traditional garb, ate indigenous food, and watched a Latin dance performance.
In 2016, Montgomery Knolls ES and Pine Crest ES both held activities to pay tribute to Hispanic Heritage Month. Families learned about different Hispanic cultures at a special event. Students wore traditional clothing, performed native dances, and enjoyed food from various Latin cultures.
Briggs Chaney Middle School held a Hispanic Heritage Night Celebration similar to that of Montgomery Knolls and Pine Crest. In years past, Earle B. Wood Middle School honored Hispanic Heritage Month with a two day symposium- a meeting for the discussion of Hispanic Heritage Month, at which several speakers spoke before the student body. Afterwards, students conducted research and presented their findings the following day.
With nearly 19 percent of Montgomery County residents being Latino Americans, we all experience the influence and positive contributions given to our community by Hispanics. MCPS schools have and will continue to pay homage to this important period in the years to come.
Article by MoCo Student staff writer Sreelekha Chillanki of Richard Montgomery High School