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Hispanic Heritage Month

Sra. Bree Holland
The fourth-grade Spanish class studied Hispanic Heritage Month, which is September 15th through October 15th. The students discussed the history of this holiday, the difference in the terms Hispanic, Latino, and Spanish, as well as how this holiday is celebrated or recognized.
After that, the students took this opportunity to learn more about a Spanish-speaking country: Mexico! Mexico celebrates its independence day during Hispanic Heritage Month on September 16th. The students learned a lot about Mexican Independence Day, including the history of the revolt and fight for independence, as well as how it is celebrated today. The students were very interested to learn that in Mexico, people gather the night before in plazas in order to ring in Mexican Independence Day at midnight on the morning of September 16th. It is quite a celebration!
Students also learned that papel picado is a popular decoration for Mexican Independence Day. The class discussed the history of this Mexican craft, as well as how it is made. They learned that it is used to decorate not only for this holiday, but also for many other holidays and celebrations. The students then made their own papel picado, which is now a bright and beautiful decoration in our Spanish classroom. 
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