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West Orange School District Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

WEST ORANGE, NJ – The West Orange School District celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15) in informative, fun, and unique ways.

 Hispanic Heritage Month was originally designated as a one-week recognition in 1968 under President Lyndon Johnson.

 “The people of Hispanic descent are the heirs of missionaries, captains, soldiers, and farmers who were motivated by a young spirit of adventure, and a desire to settle freely in a free land. This heritage is ours," he stated.

 In 1988 President Ronald Reagan expanded the week to a full 30 days, to run from Sept. 15-Oct. 15. These dates were chosen to coincide with the national independence days of Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua,  Costa Rica, Mexico, Chile, and Belize.

The West Orange High School Spanish Club partnered with the West Orange Hispanic Association to hold a Latin American Flag Raising at Town Hall on Oct. 1 replete with speakers and performances.

Flag Raising

Flag Raising

Classes across all subjects discussed the contributions of Hispanics via slide shows, films, videos, and classroom instruction. Students presented reports and drew artistic renderings of Mexican mirrors and art in the style of Joaquin Torres Garcia.

Latin Heritage

Kelly Elementart multilingual students presented a mural of self-portraits in honor of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera.


 Indigenous Peoples education at Redwood.

Paletas at Redwood

 Paletas at Redwood


 Art Appreciation - Joaquin Torres Garcia - Redwood.

Mexican Mirrors

 Mexican Mirrors - Redwood

Staff also made time for out-of-classroom events, like a Scavenger Hunt at Liberty Middle School.


 Hispanic Heritage Scavenger Hunt - LMS


Cynthia Cumming
Oct. 26, 2021