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John Fierro Kansas City Notable Latino

KCPS is celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month featuring notable Latino community members who have made a difference in the city and/or the nation. Today, we honor John Fierro, President/CEO of Mattie Rhodes Center and a long-time public figure in Kansas City.

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KCPS is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with profiles of Latinos who have made a difference in our community. Today, we remember Yvonne Vazquez Rangel, an education advocate who lobbied for access to bilingual education. 

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KCPS is continuing our celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month with a spotlight on Rebecca Jaramillo, an advocate for equal rights and a founder of Fiesta Hispana, one of the first celebrations of Hispanic Heritage Month in Kansas City.

Local Kansas City Hero Primitivo Garcia

Primitivo Garcia is often referred to as Kansas City's first local Hispanic hero. One KCPS elementary school is named after this hero after he gave his life to save his English teacher in 1967.

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Help Keep KCPS Safe

The Kansas City School Board is committed to the safety and security of all students, staff, and visitors. We have comprehensive safety and emergency plans for every school site, and all schools regularly conduct drills — including fire drills, severe weather drills, and intruder drills — to prepare students for an emergency.

All Kansas City schools are protected through partnerships with local law enforcement agencies. Our students and families are also key partners in school safety. We continue to have high expectations for our students and our community members to do something if they see or know about a threat.

Use Let’s Talk! to anonymously inform us of bullying or safety threats if you fear any repercussions of reporting. Anyone is able to report a concern through this link.

We want to assure you that providing safe learning and work environments for all of our students and staff members is crucial to our collective efforts. Thank you for your continued trust and support — by working together, we can and will ensure every Kansas City Public Schools is a safe place to learn and work.

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