Each campus of The Varnett Public School held special luncheons Oct. 6 in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month.
But the commemoration was not simply a one-day event. The campuses were decorated with posters and drawings to celebrate the period between Sept. 15 and Oct. 15.
During Hispanic Heritage Month, Americans recognize the contributions made and the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrate their heritage and culture.
Today, about 57 million people or 18 percent 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 percent of the total population.
At Varnett's Southwest, Southwest Pre-K and Northeast campuses, parents shared open-faced taco corn and black beans, fruit and milk with their children. At East, several students came dressed up in traditional Latino clothing and soccer shirts representing Spanish-speaking countries.
At Northeast, more than 200 parents attended the luncheon with pre-k through second-grade students. A similar event takes place this Thursday, Oct. 13, for parents and students in grades 3 through 5.
The celebration fits into the mission of Varnett to provide a rigorous academic program which meets the needs of our diverse student population.
Thanks to all who contributed in commemorating a very special month.