September 19, 2012

Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month

PSEA joins the celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15 by recognizing the contributions of Hispanic Americans to the United States and celebrating Hispanic heritage and culture. 

September 15 was chosen as the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico and Chile also celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively.

Video: NEA Vice President Lily Eskelsen speaking at a Hispanic Heritage Month event. She notes that Hispanics are changing the composition of cities and states from coast-to-coast and influencing all aspects of American life but that education still remains the key to opportunity.

“The face of America is changing,” Eskelsen noted in the video. “But one thing will not change. It hasn’t changed for over 200 years. Public education will continue to be the key - la llave a la puerta de la oportunidad. Everything hinges on public education because NEA’s mission is to take all children, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, gender, income, language, skills or ability or disability; we take all children and give them the keys to the doors they might want to open.”

Watch a video of her remarks:

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