Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month
- Grades: 1–2, 3–5, 6–8
Hispanic Heritage Month is a celebration of Latino contributions and culture in America. Scholastic Kid Reporters have been interviewing leaders around the nation for a view of what their Hispanic heritage means to them. From journalists to judges to writers and artists, each person has a unique and interesting story to tell. Check back often as the Kid Reporters add more stories to this list!
During her busy morning schedule, Maggie Rodriguez, the anchor of "The Early Show" on CBS, talked about her job to a budding young journalist: ME! Rodriguez took this Kid Reporter behind the scenes at the CBS studio to get a feel for the life of a world-renowned TV news reporter.
It was the very last day on the set. Actress and singer Selena Gomez was finishing up her role as Beezus in the upcoming feature movie Ramona and Beezus when she sat down to talk to this Scholastic Kid Reporter.
For Florida, the annual celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month is especially important. The Sunshine State is home of the first permanent Spanish settlement in America, St. Augustine.
Dolores Huerta is a 79-year-old great-grandmother who helped found the United Farm Workers (UFW) in the 1960s. Her list of accomplishments is too long to list here in full, but it includes induction into the National Women's Hall of Fame and the Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award presented by then-President Bill Clinton.
Hispanic Heritage Month is a great time to promote civil rights and to appreciate the many Hispanic characteristics that have become an important part of the American culture, says Janet Murguia, President of the National Council of La Raza.
When author Pam Muñoz Ryan was growing up, there was no Hispanic Heritage Month. The month-long commemoration received federal recognition in 1988, when Ryan was 37. It has grown in popularity since.
Paint the Wind is a heartwarming adventure story about a young girl's self-discovery. Maya, an orphan raised by a strict grandmother, has always longed to ride horses. When her grandmother dies, she moves to Wyoming where she meets Artemisia, the other main character in this story - a horse. The tale that unfolds is told from both Maya's and Artemisia's point of view.
Imagine entering the annual Scholastic Writing and Art Awards, winning a Gold Key at the national level, and then being asked to illustrate the poster for national Hispanic Heritage Month! It was a dream come true for high school senior Alexandra Pintus - except for the part where she had only two weeks to complete the task before final exams began.
If you take a look at 8-year-old Celismar Guzman, she doesn't seem at all formidable. That is until you see her in the water. Guzman is a gold-medal winning competitive swimmer who trains in Brandon, Florida, at the Brandon Sports and Aquatics Center. And, no, that 8 is not a typo. She is E-I-G-H-T!
The first thing that comes to mind when I hear the word quinciañera is wearing a puffy dress resembling a pastry, making an entrance down fog-engulfed stairs, and dancing arm in arm with your father in public. Oh, yeah, and announcing to the entire world that you are now a woman. The second thing that came to my mind was that this was not for meÃ¢ÂeuroÂ”at least at first.