"Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America."
"The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402."
"The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period."
Howard Tanner participated in Red Ribbon Week, where students and teachers pledge to stay Drug-Free.
The Red Ribbon pledge began in 1985, "the Red Ribbon has touched the lives of millions of people around the world. In response to the murder of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena, angered parents and youth in communities across the country began wearing Red Ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the killing and destruction cause by drugs in America."
Each day, starting on Tuesday, had a theme to showcase our pledge to stay drug-free!
Tuesday: Put a Cap on Drugs – Wear your favorite CAP
Wednesday: Hugs Not Drugs - Bring your favorite stuffed animal to hug.
Thursday: Put a sock on drugs- Wear your favorite pair of socks
Friday: Wear “Red’ Today to show your support