Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration

On September 30th, GALA celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month to celebrate the history and cultures of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

Hispanic Heritage Month originally began as a state project and became a response to people wanting their culture, history, and rights to be properly recognized. Later, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed it into law in 1968. When President Johnson signed the legislation into law, the Hispanic Heritage observance was only a week. It was then expanded to a month by President Ronald Reagan in 1988.

At the GALA Hispanic Heritage Month celebration, many booths were present to share the different cultural practices and items from different Hispanic cultures:

Students enjoying the Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration (Jade M)


The trinkets booth (Jade M)

This booth educated others on the different kinds of trinkets and other handmade items such as bags and painted items.

Papel Picado
This booth showed students how to make traditional Mexican paper crafts by cutting designs into different colored paper.


The Lotería booth (Jade M)

At this booth students played Lotería, which is a traditional game of chance played with a deck of cards.

Hair Braiding

The hair braiding booth (Jade M)

This booth shared the culture of hair braiding with other students by braiding each other’s hair with colorful ribbons.


The dance lesson booth (Jade M)

This booth shared different types of dancing in Hispanic cultures along with the attire people usually wear when doing those specific dances.

Piñata Decorating

The pinata-making booth (Jade M)

At this booth, students worked together to decorate piñatas for each of their grades.

There were also many different types of food and snacks that were there, including:

Food being served. (Jade M)

Paleta Payaso
Jarritos Drinks
And many other snacks that students enjoyed

Students also observed some teachers hitting the piñata on the GALA balcony.

(Jade M)

The event then ended with a raffle in which some students won gift cards and joined in to participate in some dancing!

10 Important Facts Of The Hispanic Heritage Month
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Five Things To Know About Hispanic Heritage Month
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What is Hispanic Heritage Month and why do we celebrate it …
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