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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

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Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. Throughout the month, MCPS schools will be celebrating the unique culture and traditions of students, teachers, staff and community members who trace their roots to Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries in North America, Central America, South America and the Caribbean.

Hispanics and Latinos are the fastest growing ethnic group in MCPS, with 34 percent of the student population. MCPS resources to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month are available here

Instead of starting celebrations on the first day of the month, Hispanic Heritage Month begins the third week of September each year.

This is because five Latin American countries, including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, recognize the date of September 15 as the anniversary of their independence.

While other countries like Chile commemorate their Independence Day on September 18, and Mexico celebrates it on September 16. Both dates fall within Hispanic Heritage Month.

We want all MCPS students, parents and staff to celebrate with us! Share a picture that represents your heritage and MCPS may feature it in a virtual gallery. Email pictures to