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KCPS Sankofa Oratory Competition

In Celebration of Black History Month

What: District-wide Oratory Competition

Competition Prompt: The “Sankofa” is a metaphorical symbol used by the Akan people of Ghana, generally depicted as a bird with its head turned backward taking an egg from its back. It expresses the importance of reaching back to knowledge gained in the past and bringing it into the present in order to make positive progress.  What poem or speech inspires you to reflect on your history and helps to provide direction for your successful future?

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Hispanic Heritage Month Si Se Puede! Art Competition

KCPS Si se puede Art Competition

In National Hispanic Heritage Month

What: District-wide Art Competition

Kansas City Public Schools joins the nation in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 to October 15.

National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the rich history, culture and contributions of Hispanic Americans, who are descendants of individuals from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America. The observance originated in 1968 as a weeklong celebration and expanded into a 30-day commemoration in 1988, according to

During this month, all KCPS students are invited and encouraged to participate in the “Si se puede” Art Competition.  “Si se puede” is translated to mean, “Yes, it can be done”.  Students are to demonstrate what “Si se puede” means to them through their visual art.

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