Senator Samuel “Sam” Carrión encourages the community to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month

ST. CROIX, USVI – Senator Samuel Carrión invites all Virgin Islanders to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15.

“Hispanics and Latinos remain a vibrant part of our Virgin Islands community and culture,” said Senator Carrión. “Let us take time this month to celebrate all things Hispanic.”

This year’s Hispanic Heritage Month theme is “Unidos: Inclusivity for a Stronger Nation”.

“It was a very rewarding reading President Joe Biden’s proclamation recognizing the contribution Latinos have made to our nation,” Senator Carrión said. “However, we still face some struggles even here in the Virgin Islands. As a proud Hispanic Crucian, I have made it a point to take on issues that impact the Spanish speaking community, to include revamping our Territory’s bilingual education programs.”

ACT 8555, sponsored by Senator Carrión, establishes the Bilingual and English Language Development Program in the Virgin Islands public school system to improve educational opportunities for English Learners.

“After the pandemic shut down most of our celebrations these last two years, I really look forward to Virgin Islands Puerto Rico Friendship Week this October,” he said. “I encourage everyone to come out and support the festivities.”