Fun facts, photos and literature are popping up all over Olentangy in celebration of Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month! This month is a time to highlight and pay tribute to the generations of Hispanic and Latin Americans who have influenced and enriched our nation.
Students and staff will be learning about people that are native Spanish speakers, or have Spanish-speaking ancestry, and people of Latin American descent.
Hispanic/Latinx Heritage month begins on September 15, which is a historically significant day that marks the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. September 16 is Mexican Independence Day, which celebrates Mexico’s declaration of independence from Spain in 1810. People of Mexican heritage all over the world commemorate this important event in their country’s history. Each school is sharing daily facts around the significance of this month during morning announcements through October 15.
Olentangy Elementary Schools like Johnnycake Corners, Heritage and Walnut Creek are integrating cultural novels, maps and information into learning through creative bulletin boards that the entire school can access and use in all classroom curriculum. Cheshire Elementary School’s library displays are packed full of stories about the Hispanic and Latin culture.
Additionally, Spanish 3 students at Olentangy High School are being challenged to research famous Hispanic artists, find an artwork that speaks to them, and then recreate the art piece.
Olentangy’s Equity and Inclusion team has curated resources for staff to integrate into curriculum across content areas. We will continue to share how students and staff are learning about the Hispanic and Latin backgrounds and cultures during this heritage month.