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Recognizing Hispanic Heritage
S eptember kicked off strong with the Addicted 2 Recovery 5K. The second annual 5K event was held on Sept. 1 at Cole Park along Ocean Drive in Corpus Christi. The event had a great turnout, and we were proud to sponsor such an important cause. The Addicted 2 Recovery 5K started last year as part of National Recovery Month, which takes place every September. National Recovery Month was established by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). They created it with the goal of spreading “awareness of mental and substance use disorders and celebrat[ing] the people who recover.” All too often, mental and substance use disorders go unchecked. Many people living in these situations are marginalized, which can make the road to recovery that much harder. It’s important to give these folks the support they need, because with support, they have a greater chance of recovery. Hispanic Heritage Month begins Sept. 15 in commemoration of the momentous day in 1821 when five Latin American countries declared independence from Spain. The countries were Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexico had previously declared their independence on Sept. 16, 1810. The month further celebrates all the contributions that people of Hispanic and Latin descent have made to the United States. People of Hispanic descent make up about one-fifth of the U.S. population, or about 57 million people, including 36 million people of Mexican heritage. September also marks the start of National Hispanic Heritage Month, which begins on Saturday, Sept. 15 and runs through Monday, Oct. 15.
In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, countless events are planned around south Texas and all over the country. With south Texas’ incredibly rich Hispanic past, you can be
sure there will be events just about every day throughout the month.
Two schools in Corpus Christi — Del Mar College and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi — will be hosting
several wonderful events all month long. There will be presentations, discussions, panels, and celebrations. Visitors to the schools will be able to explore art, history, food, and much more. All the heritage events at both schools are free and open to the public. You can learn more about the events at delmar.edu/degrees/mexican- american-studies/hhm.html and hispanicheritagemonth.tamucc.edu . Check your local events calendar for more events throughout the month. In addition, if you haven’t already, check out our 2018 Innovation Scholarship Contest. This year, the essay topic is the relationship between technology in motor vehicles and driver distraction. You can learn more about the contest at herrmanandherrman.com/scholarship . The contest is open to high school juniors and seniors, as well as students currently enrolled in 2-year or 4-year undergraduate programs at colleges or universities in the U.S. The contest is open until Dec. 1. We’re looking forward to reading all the entries — and to awarding scholarships to three individuals. Good luck!
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