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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. 

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 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.

KCPS Loves to Read

KCPS is Excited to Launch the KCPS Loves to Read Initiative 

KCPS Loves to Read is a reading campaign designed to connect literacy and social-emotional learning to motivate students to read. Each month, our students will build on important social-emotional skills and character traits that will develop them as readers and leaders in their community.

Check out the tips, activities and resources on this page to support your student’s reading and social emotional development.

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Stop and Read with KCPS

Beginning Wednesday, September 7, and continuing the first Wednesday of each month, KCPS will “stop and read” for 15 minutes across the district. Every employee and student is encouraged to participate, and we want to invite the KC community to join us, too! Simply follow these steps:

  1. Grab your favorite reading material
  2. Read from 10:00-10:15am 
  3. Show us YOU love to read by snapping a photo and sharing! Tag #kcpslovestoread on social media or email us with the subject “KCPS Loves to Read.”
  4. Join us each month: Sept. 7, Oct. 5, Nov. 2, Dec. 7, Jan. 4, Feb. 1, Mar. 1, Apr. 5, May 3


On the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month, we will feature guest readers from the district and Kansas City community reading one of their favorite books. Tune in this month on September 7 and 21 at 7:00pm on Facebook Live.


Monthly Focus

Connect with KCPS Loves to Read

Did you try any of the tips or activities? Did your student meet the reading challenge? Show us that YOU love to read! Share pictures of you and/or your family on your social media accounts using the hashtag #kcpslovestoread, or email (with the subject line “KCPS Loves to Read”) to be featured on our social media accounts.

The KC Public Library is working with KCPS to provide a selection of books that align to with the monthly focus skill. Visit your nearest library branch!

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