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(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15 through Oct. 15, is important to those who are connected to their culture and who may not have many opportunities to embrace it.
LRHS senior Isabella Gomez is from Colombia. She thinks that Hispanic Heritage month is a great time for any Hispanic Americans who may not be very involved in their culture and wish to do more.
“This month gives me a chance to discover more about my Spanish roots,” Gomez said. “My family tends to make lots of cultural food.”
Hispanic Americans are not the only ones who celebrate this month. Other people in the community do as well. LRHS has some plans for this upcoming month.
LRHS Principal Dustin Dahlquist has a festival planned for Oct. 11. In all three lunches, there will be boards with all Hispanic speaking countries and some information about them all. This way, the whole school can become involved.
Dahlquist has also chosen to implement diversity to both this and upcoming school years. Dahlquist has already started this by making our school’s catchphrase “Vamos Mustangos.”
LRHS Spanish teacher Lillian Martinez believes that Hispanic Heritage Month is great because the United States has had lots of involvement with the Hispanic culture for a long time.
“Hispanic Heritage Month is great because Spanish culture has a lot of history in the United States. For example, going west of the Mississippi, a lot of cities have Hispanic names,” said Martinez. “By celebrating this month, we are embracing our history.”