HISD Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Lessons and programs teach students about Hispanic culture

October 05, 2011

HISD students and staff are celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with a variety of programs and events designed to recognize Hispanic culture and the contributions of Hispanic people.

At Herrera Elementary School, teachers developed lesson plans that center around well-known Hispanic individuals, including scientists, lawyers, military and government leaders, and musicians. The school’s second-grade students have been learning about Hispanic writers, such as children’s book author Alma Flor Ada and novelist Sandra Cisneros; while students in third grade have been reading biographies of people such as comedian George Lopez and the late Tejano singer Selena.

“Our hope is to instill pride in (the children) and in the Houston community,” Herrera Librarian Melina Flores explained. She helped teachers identify books for the students and also worked with parents and community members to organize the school’s Hispanic Heritage Parade. Students who marched in the parade dressed up as well known Hispanic figures or as the type of professional the children hope to be when they grow up.

National Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15 to October 15. Dr. Laura Murillo, president of the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, joined the celebration at HISD’s Ketelsen Elementary School. She spoke with students about the importance of reading and getting a good education, and was presented with the school’s “You Are Our Hero Award.”