Students and parents hit the ground running this year by producing posters to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 of every year.
The posters and artwork decorated the halls of the campus as well as the cafeteria as a visual reminder of contributions Hispanics and Latino Americans have made to society. 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.
Today, 57.5 million people or 18% of the American population are of Hispanic or Latino origin. This represents a significant increase from 2000, which registered the Hispanic population at 35.3 million or 13% of the total U.S. population, according to hispanicheritagemonth.org
Ms. Toni Fisher, director of The Varnett School Northeast, said other family projects are scheduled throughout the year. Family projects are a great way to encourage family togetherness and to strengthen the home-school connection.