Hispanic Heritage Month

Lincoln Charter Celebrates

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating 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, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

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 16 and September18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period. (source)


Resources for Families

Learn more by checking out some of the resources below!


Resources for Educators

  •  The official website for Hispanic Heritage Month houses lots of primary sources from the Library of Congress and the National Archives, teacher's guides from EDSITEment, and relevant art from the National Gallery of Art. 
  • is another resource with virtual events, the history of the month, printables and more.


September 30
Spotlight on 🇨🇷Costa Rica, 🇪🇨Ecuador, & 🇨🇺Cuba 

Interview: Coach Luis Soto shares about his Costa Rican and Ecuadorian heritage

Interview: Ms. Iliana Gonzalaz shares about her Costa Rican Heritage

Music: Tito Puente, "The Mambo King" - El Rey del TimbalRan Kan Kan
             Celia Cruz - Guantanamera
Children's books:

Dance: Cuban Salsa dancing-Despacito
Recipes: Authentic Costa Rican Tres Leches Cake & El Flan de la Reina 
Notable American: Franklin Chang-Diaz- NASA Astronaut & CEO of Ad Astra Rocket Company  

Fun Facts: 

  1. Miamiś Little Havana through the eyes of a Cuban-American
  2. "Pura Vida" is a way of life in Costa Rica, and a phrase you will hear often. Literally, "pura vida" means "pure life". It has to do more with a type of living than a simple saying spoken by Costa Ricans, but it is often used as a friendly greeting or goodbye.


September 23
Spotlight on 🇲🇽Mexico and the 🇩🇴Dominican Republic

Interview: Mr. Michael Paulino shares about his Dominican and Guatemalan heritage.    
Interview: Mrs. Domenica Brown shares some of her favorite parts of Mexico   

Music: Un Poco Loco
Children's book: The Legend of Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl (A Love Story) with Valerie and Kylee
Recipe: Mrs. Brown's Mexican Guacamole Recipe   
Notable Americans:

Fun Facts: 

  1. Christmas in Mexico - Many celebrate the Posadas or nightly celebrations symbolizing the journey to Bethlehem throughout the month.  Children do not receive any presents on Christmas day, but on January 6th, the day referred to as El Dia De Reyes, commemorating Three Kings Day or arrival of the Three Wise men.
  2. The Dominican Republic is one of the best places to watch North Atlantic Humpback Whales migrate from about mid-January to mid-March. If you love the idea of seeing these incredible, graceful creatures, head to the Península de Samaná.


October 7th
Spotlight on 🇨🇴 Colombia and 🇦🇷 Argentina


  • If you’ve ever eaten Chimichurri, Dulce de leche, or Empanadas, you have eaten some of the favorites of Argentina!
  • If you like barbecue, check out Argentinian asado. If cheese dip, you’d probably love the Argentine favorite, provoleta.

Fun Facts:

1. Invented Radio Broadcasting - Argentina’s first broadcast was made in August 1920 with and audience of only 20 people.
2. Two female presidents - Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, was the first woman to be officially elected President of Argentina. Isabél Perón was the vice president to her husband Juan Domingo Perón and she stood in as Argentina’s first female president for two years, after her husband’s sudden death in 1974.
3. Pato: Official National Sport in Argentina - Pato is a game played on horseback, combining elements of polo and basketball and is the national sport of Argentina.
4. Gnocchi on the 29th - It is a tradition in Argentinian to eat gnocchi (or “ñoquis” in Argentina) on the 29th day of each month.
5. First in Fingerprints - Argentina was the first country to use fingerprinting as a method of identification.

Children’s book: De la A a la Z Colombia read by Ms. Livoti

Dance:  Colombian Salsa Dancing

Recipes:  Colombian Food You Must Try 

The Liquid Rainbow Colombia - Caño Cristales is a river who gets its colors from the flowers, fish, and beautiful rock formations. Red comes from the plant Macarenia clavigera growing in the riverbed. Others come from black rocks, green algae, blue water and yellow sand, creating an iridescent effect.


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