BCHS is excited to observe Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month, which runs from September 15 to October 15. This month celebrates the lives, culture, and contributions of over 62.1 million Hispanics and Latinx American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. This is a time to recognize Hispanic and Latinx leaders and historic moments, celebrate ancestors, get in touch with the culture, highlight discrimination, and - if you are not Hispanic or Latinx - learn about each of these things.
BCHS Spanish teacher Mrs. Chelsea Blair-Richcreek felt it important to share this month with her Spanish I classes, as a way to teach her students more about Hispanic and Latinx history and heritage.
“We started Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month by exploring the definition of Hispanic and how that overlaps, but is still different from, Latinx Heritage,” says Mrs. Blair-Richcreek. “As a whole class, we learned about César Chávez, an important Mexican American activist for Migrant Workers’ rights. We then individually researched other famous Hispanic and Latinx people from throughout history, and looked at what we can learn from examining their lives.”
To wrap up the final celebrations of Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month, her classes will watch a movie that showcases a lot of cultural aspects students have discussed throughout their celebrations and observances. They will then use the film to discuss Hispanic Heritage in the United States, and the cultural experiences of Hispanic Americans.