Scholars and staff at several Hiawatha schools celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month, which occurs every year from September 15 to October 15.

According to the Hispanic Heritage Month website, this month has been recognized since 1988 as a way to celebrate the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

Morris Park children laughing
Students laughing at T&F
At Hiawatha Academies, Hispanic Heritage Month is especially important because 89 percent of our scholars identify as Hispanic or Latino. Recognizing this month helps scholars explore people and themes that are culturally relevant and engaging. Our scholars from all backgrounds love to learn about the important contributions of Hispanic/Latino leaders in our country and around the world.

For example, scholars at HLA – Morris Park spent this month studying the contributions of influential Latinos such as Frida Kahlo de Rivera, Mexican painter; César Chávez, Mexican-American civil rights activist, Isabel Allende, Chilean author; and Ellen Ochoa, American astronaut and the first Hispanic woman to go to space.

Frida Kahlo Portrait
Cesar Chavez project

The scholars’ studies culminated on Friday, October 9 at their weekly Team and Family celebration, a time when the entire school gets together to recognize scholars’ accomplishments and show their families and teachers what they’ve learned. Scholars read “My mother’s hands,” a poem by Francisco X. Alarcón that discusses the importance of education. Later they sang “De Colores” in Spanish.