At its meeting Tuesday night, the Salem-Keizer Public Schools (SKPS) Board of Directors unanimously approved the “Hispanic Heritage Month and Welcoming Week” proclamation. This is the first year the Board of Directors has brought forward such a proclamation.

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15 by celebrating the contributions of Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America and South America. The observance begin in 1968 under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Regan in 1988.

Welcoming Week, which is celebrated this year from Sept. 13-22, provides the opportunity for us to affirm that our communities are stronger when we feel like we belong and the contributions of all are welcomed.

In part, the proclamation states, “Whereas, at no time in our community’s history has the need to work together been more necessary, and it is important that residents of Salem and Keizer join in a spirit of welcoming to embrace the talents and contributions of all residents.”

Members of the North Salem High Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán or “MeCha” club were present to receive the proclamation.

“We care deeply about the well-being of our community, and with this proclamation it is an honor to celebrate our Latinx, Hispanic and immigrant students and staff,” said Superintendent Christy Perry. “It is a privilege to be part of the most diverse district in Oregon, and we don’t take lightly the responsibility we have to our Latinx, Hispanic and immigrant communities to ensure they are safe and welcomed each and every day while also receiving exceptional educational experiences.”

For more information about Welcoming Week, click here.

To learn more about SKPS’ commitment to safe and welcoming schools, click here.

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Hispanic Heritage Month and Welcoming Week Proclamation (English)

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Hispanic Heritage Month and Welcoming Week Proclamation (Spanish)