Unidos: Inclusivity for a Stronger NationEach year the nation celebrates the unique cultures and inspiring contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. National Hispanic Heritage month takes on an even greater importance in Alexandria City Public Schools as Hispanic students represent our largest demographic group at 37.9%.
As this celebration of the Hispanic culture gets underway, Sept. 15, it serves to bring us all together in the spirit of being welcoming. – Interim Superintendent Dr. Melanie Kay-Wyatt
National Hispanic Heritage Month is observed from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 to celebrate the culture of Americans whose ancestors came from the Caribbean and Central and South America, Mexico and Spain.
Displays of art, meaningful gatherings and expressions of cultural pride all marked National Hispanic Heritage Month in Alexandria City Public Schools.
“Our club also serves as a safe space for students with similar backgrounds and cultural experiences,” says Latinos Unidos President Citlali Chambers.
Through its programs, Latinas Leading Tomorrow works to provide a safe space for young women to deepen their cultural and racial/ethnic identity and explore what it means to be a Latina in the U.S.
In Alexandria City Public Schools, we are excited to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month! Nearly 38% of our students in ACPS are Hispanic, representing our largest demographic group.
In our September partnership story, we highlight two long-standing ACPS community partners serving the Alexandria area: Casa Chirilagua and Liberty’s Promise.
Onelio Mencho-Aguilar tells his T.C. Williams International Academy students, “If I can succeed, so can you.”
Kathy remembers her first day in a U.S. school, she was just eight years old, had just arrived from Honduras, and spoke no English. Two years later, Kathy is now working on the same level as her English speaking peers, is a model student, and excels in math.