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Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month is a celebration of the cultures and contributions of Americans who trace their heritage to Spain, Mexico, Central America, the Spanish-speaking nations in South America and the Spanish-speaking nations of the Caribbean. The celebration began in 1968 and was expanded to a full month, 20 years later.

Hispanic Heritage Month always begins on September 15, a historically significant day marking the independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence on September 16 and September 18, respectively.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau (April, 2020) Hispanics comprise 18.7% of the population, making people of Hispanic origin the nation's second largest racial or ethnic group.

We are so proud to celebrate Hispanic Heritage in Volusia County Schools.

2022 Volusia County Hispanic Heritage Month Art & Essay Winners!

Artwork Winner
Hannah Volkmann

New Smyrna Beach High School
Teacher: Mr. Chris Gellermann

Essay Winner
Diana Delgado

DeLand High School
Teacher: Ms. Jeanne Jendrzejewski

Artwork by Hannah Walkman











I chose to do my art piece on Frida Kahlo because she is an inspiration to artists all over but especially in the Hispanic culture. I chose to do a digital art piece to capture the bright colors that are seen representing Hispanic culture. I envisioned bright background colors to really make her stand out. I feel as if this portrait of Frida Kahlo really captures her beauty and along with it the beauty of the culture. I feel as if the audience will be quite drawn to my artwork because of the bright colors and the cleanliness and the piece all together.     - Hannah Volkmann 

Click on image below to read the essay! 

Honorable Mentions

Tyhirah Logan, Hinson Middle School, Teacher: Ms. Patrick

Milly Ramos, DeLand HS, Teacher: Ms. Jendrzewski


2022 Volusia County Hispanic Heritage Month Art & Essay Competition


Hispanic Heritage Month school activities listed by date below:

School Date Time Event
Seabreeze HS 9/15/22 - 10-15/22 Friday Announcements Every Friday we will have a trivia question related to Hispanic History. The first person with the correct answer to show up to Ms. Feliciano's classroom will receive a $5 Dunkin donuts gift card.
South Daytona  ES  9/13/22 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Hispanic Heritage Celebration
Creekside MS 9/23/22   Research Posters - Famous Hispanics
George Marks ES  9/29/2022 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Hispanic Heritage Night
Turie T. Small ES 9/30/22 All day Faculty - Potluck
Students and staff will wear colors to represent the country they have been studying about during the month.
Creekside MS 9/30/22   Spanish classes: Dance Lessons (Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia y Flamenco)
Holly Hill School 10/3/22 All day Hispanic Media Week
Seabreeze HS 10/3/22 All day Students will do chalk art at the courtyard
Osteen ES 10/5/22 All day Hispanic Heritage Enrichment Day
Seabreeze HS 10/5/22 All day Hispanic Crafts Day with the students at the large conference room. Also, during lunch the jazz band will be performing Latin music in the courtyard.
Seabreeze HS 10/6/22 All day We will have a dress-up like a famous Hispanic person day. Mr. Harris plans to dress like Jose Martí. 
Discovery ES 10/7/22 8:45 a.m. Hispanic Heritage Parade
Creekside MS 10/7/22   Virtual Tour of La Casita Azul-Frida Kahlo's Museum
New Smyrna Beach HS 10/7/22 All day (5-117)


Professor Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz

"Hispanic Heritage and Identity through Art"

Seabreeze HS 10/7/22 All day Hispanic Food Festival in the large conference room.
Enterprise ES 10/12/22 5:30 p.m. Hispanic Heritage Celebration with Hispanic foods, performances, ESOL and migrant departments with information for families. We hope to welcome Daytona State College and plan to honor Dr. Balgobin as our first Hispanic superintendent.
Heritage MS 10/12/22 9:00 a.m. ESOL Parent and Family Breakfast
Palm Terrace ES 10/12/22 5:30 p.m. Passport to Learn about Hispanic Heritage
Riverview Learning Center 10/12/22 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Hispanic Culture Day
Timbercrest 10/12/22 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Timbercrest Multicultural Celebration
Pine Ridge HS 10/13/22 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage

Pierson ES 10/13/22 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Multicultural Family Night
Creekside MS 10/14/22   Spanish Snack Bar/Lotería Mexicana
Deltona HS 10/14/22 Noon

Hispanic Lunch and Performance

Forest Lake ES 10/14/22 All day School Museum Walks
Starke ES 10/14/22 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Hispanic Heritage Night
New Smyrna Beach HS 10/20/22 All day

The Taíno Art + World Languages Collaboration

Collaborative hands-on art project between Art and World Languages Departments. We will learn about the Taíno (indigenous) roots and their significance to Puerto Rican culture. We will create Taíno symbols to be displayed.

Taíno Art Project

Deltona Middle School 11/16/22 6:00 p.m.

Hispanic Heritage Celebration Day Flyer