US Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

By Avery Broom

Oak Hall’s Upper School is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from Sept. 15 until Oct. 15, by honoring and celebrating Hispanic Americans. Sept. 15 represents the start of the celebration because it’s the anniversary of independence from Spain for the Central American countries of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. It ends on Oct. 15 because President Lyndon Johnson wanted an entire month to celebrate Latin American Culture. Alexa Katz, President of Spanish Club, says Oak Hall Spanish Club is planning an event to celebrate both Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and Hispanic Heritage Month. She also noted any student can come to the celebration, not just students taking Spanish class. The Spanish Club celebration will be held on Nov. 2 in both Señora Serrano and Señora Karow’s room at 3:30. Students can also see the decorated hallway Spanish Club put together to bring awareness to this month which includes posters on the walls depicting flags, papel picado, and many important Hispanic figures. Krystal Serrano, Upper School Spanish Teacher and Department Chair of the Language Department, says her classes are learning about Hispanic Heritage month through games such as Sudoku and Kahoot. For more information about events with the Spanish Club, check out its Instagram @oakhall.spanishclub.