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District 204 Honors Latinx Heritage Month

Reported by on 9/23/20

Each year, Americans observe National Latinx Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

As a part of District 204’s equity work, teachers have been provided resources and activities to use in their classrooms. Across the district, educators will be incorporating opportunities to highlight the contributions of the Latinx community.

To honor this special time, the district’s Equity team is organizing a Latinx Mystery Reader Week from October 6 through 9. In partnership with the Aurora Police Department, officers will join staff members in reading books written by Latinx authors or stories about Latinx people and their contributions. Elementary teachers will be able to sign up for a Mystery Reader that will visit the classroom to read via a Zoom story time.

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