School is in full swing again, and we’re settling into our routines — which at Farr, include decorating our doors for holidays, special occasions, and cultural milestones. This month, a variety of themes — ranging from literature, to the arts, to politics, to sports and entertainment– commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month.
International Women’s Day is observed annually on March 8 and celebrates the global “social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women,” according to the International Women’s Day website. This year’s theme is “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow.” Doors at Farr were decorated in honor of this day, and Women’s History Month, depicting notable women who have changed, or are changing, the world.
As we always do, we festooned our doors this month with images and information highlighting the contributions of Black Americans to the culture and evolution of the United States through literature, innovation, entertainment, sports, and more.
November is Native American Heritage Month, and administrators bedecked their doors with images and information reminding all of us of the importance of recognizing the contributions and sacrifices made by those who lived on this land long before settlers from Europe arrived. Influences on culture, tradition, and language, and acknowledgement of important leaders in American tribes, were among the topics showcased.
To honor Hispanic Heritage Month, which began on September 15th, staff followed our Farr tradition of decorating doors. Displays celebrate flags of Spanish-speaking countries; accomplished artists in music, literature and painting; athletes and pop stars; and more. We are proud to recognize the rich cultural contributions of the Hispanic and Latino communities in the U.S. and abroad.
This month, many staff have decorated their doors with images and information about women who have influenced American history, from relatively unknown figures such as Pauli Murray (lawyer, activist, and LGBTQ advocate) to legends such as Ruth Bader Ginsberg (whose successful argument before the Supreme Court in favor of the Equal Protection Clause being extended to women was influenced by Murray’s writings).
To kick off the first week of Black History month, staff’s doors displayed pictures and information about African Americans who were, and are, trailblazers throughout American history.