Hispanic Heritage: Celebrate Together

by Ariel Reynolds on Oct 22, 2015

in Our KIPPsters, Team & Family

Hispanic Power in the U.S.

50.5 million Hispanics in the U.S. which is 16.3% of the population

1 in 6 residents and 1 in 4 children are Hispanic

Accounts for 56% of the population growth from 2000 to 2010

75% speak Spanish at home

National Hispanic Heritage Month

According to the 2010 U.S. Census, 44% of Houston residents are Hispanic or Latino. Being Hispanic means more than skin color. Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to push past stereotypes and assumptions and truly understand the different backgrounds of millions of “Hispanics.” 

“We have different roots that allow us to connect around the world.” –Ariana 6th Grade, KIPP CONNECT Middle School

National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15 to October 15. The beginning date coincides with Independence Day for five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico celebrates independence on September 16 and Chile celebrates on September 18.

“Being Hispanic makes me think about speaking two different languages in Houston. It is neat to see my culture everywhere.” –Miranda 6th Grade, KIPP CONNECT Middle School

During this month, we celebrate the heritage and culture of Hispanics and Latin Americans, recognizing their contributions to the United States. Our schools honored and celebrated this month in various forms including assemblies, performances, fiestas, and more.