Hispanic Heritage Month: September 15 – October 15
The California Department of Education reports that of the more than 6.2 million students in California public schools, 53 percent are Latinos and 1.4 million are English Learners. In Sac City Unified, almost 40 percent of our students are Latino.
National Hispanic Heritage Week began in 1968 when President Lyndon B. Johnson created the celebration beginning September 15 to coincide with the independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. The celebration then expanded.
Also, the California Teachers Association is sponsoring an essay contest in honor of Cesar E. Chavez, a Latino civil rights leader and farm worker organizer. Deadline to enter the contest is December 1. Learn more about the Cesar E. Chavez Memorial Education Awards Program.
This awards program provides recognition for teams of students and their teachers who demonstrate an understanding of the vision and guiding principles by which César Chávez lived his life. The recipients, both students and sponsoring CTA members, will receive up to $550 and their work will be recognized by the posting of visual art and written essays online and in various CTA publications. The exact amount will be determined by the Awards committee.
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