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MPS promotes Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage MonthFrom Cesar Chavez to Rita Moreno to Sonia Sotomayor, our history and culture are woven with contributions of Hispanic Americans. During Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 to October 15, Milwaukee Public Schools is promoting educational activities and sharing personal stories of Hispanics in the district.

In MPS schools, many projects and events are underway to help students embrace Hispanic culture and immerse in Hispanic experiences. Cooper School led off their activities by exploring books by Hispanic authors and reading about the people, music, art, foods, and traditions of Hispanic culture.

Milwaukee Spanish Immersion School celebrated cultural unity by holding a monarch butterfly release. The event was more than a year in the making as students learned about the monarch life cycle, annual migration of the butterflies to Mexico, impact on the environment, and the symbolism of monarchs in multiple cultures. Watch a video of joyful students at the event!

On the MPS Alumni Hub, staff and alumni are being featured throughout the month by telling their personal stories, including the joys and challenges of growing up Hispanic. They offer inspiring glimpses into their cultures and how customs and traditions shaped their lives and careers. Read their stories on the MPS Alumni Hub.

The district will post more photos and news about Hispanic Heritage Month later in October. For more information, family activities, videos, and reading lists, visit


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