In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15), schools across the LEAD Public Schools network celebrated the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans through special events and activities. By focusing on the history, culture, and achievement of Hispanic Americans, LEAD Public Schools is not only developing our scholars to be ready for college and ready for life, we are also honoring the culture and heritage of many of our students and staff.
Below are a just a few of the many ways our schools have honored Hispanic Heritage Month this year:
LEAD Academy and LEAD Cameron Host Hispanic Heritage Month Festival
This month, the LEAD Academy/Cameron campus invited students, staff, families, and community members to participate in a Hispanic Heritage Month Festival. The event included authentic food, traditional Hispanic attire, music, dancing, and student projects.
LEAD Brick Church Highlights Hispanic Culture Weekly
Each Friday of Hispanic Heritage Month, LEAD Brick Church highlighted Hispanic leaders during morning announcements and in CREW classes. During lunch, students also had the opportunity to watch on-theme movies and eat snacks.
LEAD Neely’s Bend Hosts Hispanic Heritage Month Spirit Week
Students and staff at LEAD Neely’s Bend honored Hispanic Heritage Month in a unique way with a Spirit Week:
- Monday: Flag Day. Students wore the colors of any Latin American flag.
- Tuesday – Jersey Day. Students wore their favorite futbol (soccer) or beisbol (baseball) jerseys to honor the popular sports in Hispanic countries.
- Wednesday: Artists and Athletes. Students wore shirts to represent their favorite Hispanic artist, singer, or athlete.
- Thursday: Flowers and Skulls Day. Students represented the Dia De Los Muertos Celebration with flowers, skulls, or any bright colors.
- Friday: LatinX in Action. Students wore red clothing.
As part of Spirit Week, Neely’s Bend held a special pep rally. Students led cheers, performed step routines, and presented cultural dances.
LEAD Southeast Middle Hosts Movie Night for Families, Culture Week, and Pep Rally
Additionally, students and staff at LEAD Southeast Middle honored Hispanic Heritage Month with a special Culture Week and pep rally:
- Monday: Picture This! Students were encouraged to represent their roots and dress in their own culture.
- Tuesday: Any Sport! Students wore their favorite jersey.
- Wednesday: Dress Like Your Abuelo(a). Students dressed like their grandparents.
- Thursday: Go Tejano! Students wore cowboy hats and boots.
- Friday: Flag Colors! Students wore colors to represent their culture’s flag.
During Friday’s pep rally, student ambassadors and athletes were honored, and students participated in cultural dance and games.
The day before students left for Fall Break, LEAD Southeast High hosted a full-day celebration for Hispanic Heritage Month.
Students created crafts – including worry dolls originating from Guatemala and Mexico – made snacks, ate lunch from community food trucks, played games, sang karaoke, watched movies, played in a soccer tournament, and held a special assembly complete with quinceanera dresses and music.