Two students wearing traditional clothing of their culture.

From September 15 through October 15, Holyoke Public Schools will join with schools and communities nationwide in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month through a variety of classroom activities and integrated learning in all 12 district schools.

“With 81 percent of our students and more than half of our city’s residents identifying as Latino or Latina, Hispanic Heritage Month offers profound opportunities for our community to feel proud, represented, and engaged with the native roots of so many of our residents,” said Superintendent Anthony Soto. 

This annual event is celebrated across the country and highlights the cultures, history, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America. The first such national recognition was observed in 1968 as National Hispanic Week under President Lyndon B. Johnson. It was later expanded to National Hispanic Heritage Month by President Ronald Reagan, who signed it into law in 1988 and extended it to a 30-day period from September 15 through October 15.

Watch for news, photos, and videos from HPS classrooms that will be shared on the district’s website, Facebook and Instagram pages, and later editions of the “Together for Holyoke” e-newsletter. HPS staff and families are encouraged to share photos and celebration information for possible inclusion in district publications by emailing

Local and national resources:
Holyoke educators, students, and families are encouraged to explore these historical and cultural resources: 

Key dates: 

  • September 15: Independence Day of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua
  • September 15: Independence Day of Mexico and Chile

  • October 12: Día de la Raza/Indigenous Peoples Day