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Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic and Latinx Heritage: 

Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates and honors the culture, contributions and influence of individuals who identify as Hispanic and Latinx. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the month honors “the culture and traditions of those who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America, and the Caribbean.”

Hispanic and Latino are used interchangeably by many—Hispanic is a term used to describe someone of Spanish-speaking origin, while Latino, Latina, and Latinx are used to describe a person of Latin American origin—the celebration, according to the official description, recognizes those whose roots are from a country that speaks Spanish as the primary language, hence why it is primarily referred to as “Hispanic Heritage Month.” Learn more here.

Esperanza: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage and Hope 

The theme of the 2021 Hispanic Heritage Month is Esperanza: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage and Hope. According to the National Council of Employment Program Managers (NCHEPM), “the theme invites us to celebrate Hispanic Heritage and to reflect on how great our tomorrow can be if we hold onto our resilience and hope.” It is a way to recognize and honor the ways in which hope has persisted in the face of the challenges faced this year.

Click here to learn about local events throughout the month to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.

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Share Student Work & Art for Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month

From Sept. 15 through Oct. 15, we will be joining in local and national celebrations of Hispanic Heritage Month. We want to feature how our students are learning about, connecting with, interpreting and celebrating this cultural moment through their writing, artwork, music, photos and videos. We’ll share submissions on our website and social media channels at the end of the celebration. Submitted content may be screened for a focus on highlighting the moment and grounding in our vision of equity, inclusion and belonging for all students and community. Please email your submissions to DPSEquity@dpsk12.org by Sept. 28 for consideration.

Celebrating Cultural Moments

Denver Public Schools strives to recognize cultures and identities year round. With equity as our core identity, we aim to celebrate the significant cultural moments of our students and staff, especially those that have not been historically and consistently recognized.

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Lincoln High School

Garden Place Academy

Valverde Elementary School

Kaiser Elementary

At Kaiser Elementary, students digitally painted their faces like Calaveras!

Watch this video about Mexican Independence Day:

Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy

Students celebrate their heritage!

Ulises Rivera (11th grade):

Jaylene Carrasco (11th grade):

Nancy Cantor (11th grade):

Israel Hernandez (11 grade):

Student artwork:

Swigert International School

Frida Kahlo Exhibit

Student Judith Cortes-Chavez, a current 5th grader, created a diorama box (including many pieces of artwork) as well as a report about Frida Kahlo which she displayed in the school's Dia de los Muertos exhibit last year and hopes to display again this year. Judith and her family contribute to this particular exhibit annually and enjoy sharing about their cultural heritage and traditions.

Northeast Early College

Sofia Fernandez created a sugar skull project to celebrate Dia De Los Muertos. She created this design to honor her grandmother.

Sugarskull art