School districts recognize, celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

With Hispanic Heritage Month running through Oct. 15, DeKalb County School District (DCSD) and City Schools of Decatur (CSD) are celebrating by bringing festivities into the classroom.

On Sept. 30, DCSD will hold a communitywide National Hispanic Heritage Month celebration from 1 to 5 p.m. in collaboration with the Latin American Association. The fiesta will be hosted at Sequoyah Middle School, located at 3456 Aztec Road in Doraville.

“This annual cultural celebration invites everyone to enjoy food, various entertainment, and many enjoyable activities for the entire family,” stated DCSD officials. “National Hispanic Heritage Month officially begins every year on Sept. 15 because that date marks the anniversary of independence for the Latin American countries of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Recognizing the histories, cultures, achievements, and contributions of Hispanic-American champions who have inspired so many is enlightening.”

Approximately 20 percent of DCSD’s 92,000 students are Hispanic/Latino, representing the second-largest ethnic population for the school district, stated officials.
The event is free to attend for students, families, faculty, and staff.

CSD officials said they celebrate a more inclusive version of the month’s observance throughout schools by the name of Hispanic/Latine/Latino/Latinx Heritage Month, according to the school district’s equity website.

“In City Schools of Decatur, this month is not just about celebrating diverse cultures and identities across Latin America but also ensuring the inclusion and belonging of these diverse cultures and identities,” said CSD officials.

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