Hispanic Heritage Month occurs annually from September 15 to October 15. It is a time to celebrate the many successes and contributions of the Hispanic community and its people. The Hispanic community comes from Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. During this period, many Hispanic countries celebrate their independence day.
Each year the Madera Unified district office, in partnership with the Association of Mexican American Educators, celebrates the month by holding a poster contest. Students can enter the competition in hopes of having their artwork featured and even win money.
Congratulations to the Hispanic Heritage Month poster contest winners of 2021! This year’s winners are Jaqueline Jimenez, Gabriela Velarde, Miriam Jimenez, and Diego Gutierrez. The winners were awarded a check by the Association of Mexican American Educators and MUSD staff during a presentation at the MUSD board meeting. The first-place winner received $100!
Also, around the district, schools created their own celebrations to honor Hispanic Heritage Month at their sites. At Pershing Elementary, students dressed in traditional attire to kick off the month. Many students wore embroidered dresses, shirts, and accessories, all in a variety of bright colors. Washington Elementary began its celebration with Mexican independence day. Students created a variety of artwork while also dressed in traditional Mexican clothing. Washington Dual Language Immersion teachers also made sure to get in on the fun and dressed for the occasion to join the students.
– Seleyna Mendoza,