Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from Sept 15 – Oct 15 each year and recognizes, in part, the dates of independence for Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Savador, Honduras and Nicaragua (Sept 15); Mexico (Sept 16); and Chile (Sept 18).

Jazmin Mendoza Sosa, Lead Student Support Specialist at CIS of Chatham Co., talks about Hispanic Heritage Month.

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT:

Marvin is a 4th grader at Royal Oaks Elementary who has been working with his Student Support Specialist, Meredith Allen, for over two years. Thanks to their strong relationship, Marvin now signs into class every morning and is working through his emotions in positive ways. Meredith also uses the app “Talking Points” to communicate with Marvin’s family — the app translates Spanish to English so that the family can let Meredith know what supports they need.

CLICK HERE to read more of Marvin’s story!


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RESOURCES:

Throughout Hispanic Heritage Month, Hispanic/Latinx cultures across North Carolina come together to celebrate their unique and beautiful culture. Find some wonderful (virtual) events and restaurants below where you can celebrate or get delicious take-out. You can also read some of the State Library’s Hispanic resources or listen to a classic children’s story narrated in Spanish:

Durham’s Food Guide:

What to eat in Durham during Hispanic Heritage Month

Charlotte’s “Hola Festival” goes virtual! / Oct 10th

https://holacharlottefestival.com/

State Library of North Carolina

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the State Library of NC has a selection of free online resources in both Spanish and English.

For Your Little Learner

The Spanish Experiment has classic children’s stories translated into Spanish and narrated by a native speaker. Access stories such as “Chicken Little” and “Little Red Riding Hood” here: thespanishexperiment.com/stories