National Hispanic Heritage Month


National Hispanic Heritage Month, which is observed from September 15 through October 15, was first created by President Lyndon Johnson as National Hispanic Heritage Week. President Reagan later expanded the week to a full month in 1988.

September 15 was selected as the date to celebrate the anniversary of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Honduras.

Are you taking Spanish with FLVS?

Here are a few fun facts:

  • More than 400 million people worldwide speak Spanish.
  • Spanish is the official language of 22 countries.
  • St. Augustine, our nation’s oldest city, is known for its Spanish architecture and is celebrating its 450th year anniversary this month (founded in 1565)

Hispanic-American Firsts:

  • Justice Sonia Sotomayor is the first Hispanic person to serve on the United States Supreme Court!
  • Ellen Ochoa was the first female Hispanic Astronaut in Space.
  • Roberto Clemente was the first Hispanic inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973.
  • Christy Turlington was the first Hispanic supermodel in the United States.

How will you celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month?

Caroline LylesCaroline Lyles, FLVS 2016 Teacher of the Year, has been with FLVS since 2011 as both a Spanish instructor and curriculum writer. She has dual Master’s degrees in Spanish and Education with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction. A passionate believer in life-long learning, she has been instrumental in creating and designing Spanish courses at FLVS. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring historical sites and kayaking with her family.

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