OPINION: Do you know about Hispanic Heritage Month?

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OPINION: Do you know about Hispanic Heritage Month?

A mask at the a Hispanic festival for Hispanic Heritage Month.

A mask at the a Hispanic festival for Hispanic Heritage Month.

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A mask at the a Hispanic festival for Hispanic Heritage Month.

Ana D

Ana D

A mask at the a Hispanic festival for Hispanic Heritage Month.

By Jennie Lathrop, Photo Editor

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Sept. 15 to Oct. 25 is not only just the start of the new school year, it is Hispanic Heritage month. Outside the walls of your Spanish class, this month seems to be overlooked at West Essex.

As said on Hispanic Heritage Month’s website, Hispanic Heritage month is time to pay tribute to the “generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society.” At West Essex, there is little to no mention of this month that recognizes and celebrates the many contributions, traditions and legacies of the Hispanic American community. 

Although there is mention of Hispanic Heritage Month on the morning announcements, it can be argued that our school could spread more awareness. 

Every year, there are nationwide festivals, art shows, conferences and gatherings to celebrate a growing community in the United States, which makes up 18 percent of our population. Within this month, independence days of many Latin American countries are celebrated. Acknowledging and celebrating this month shows our recognition and support for not only the Hispanic community, but also for the work that Hispanic Americans have done to enrich American culture and society. 

Many students do not know what and when this celebration occurs. When asked what he knew about this month, Senior Alex Maxwell did not have much to say.

“I feel like it is never mentioned, and barely in Spanish class, depending on your teacher. I don’t know anything, honestly,” Maxwell said.

For the duration of this month and future Hispanic Heritage months, schools nationwide should adopt a more educational approach to focus on the contributions of many Hispanics to our country.