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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.

Congratulations Dinaya & Arman, KCPS Scholar Superstars!

KCPS is excited to announce this quarter's Scholar Superstars! Dinaya Maltbia and Arman Shinwari were recognized at the Sept. 14, 2022, KCPS Board of Directors "On the Road" meeting at Southeast High School. Congratulations, Dinaya and Arman!


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Dinaya Maltbia is a senior at Lincoln College Prep and a returning student in Manual Tech’s Culinary Arts program this year. She is a rising entrepreneur with her own bakery business, and we are recognizing her for her assistance and support with Dr. Bedell’s Farewell Barbecue over the summer. Dinaya helped prepare 200 meals for the KCPS community. We look forward to watching her continue in her culinary journey as she grows her bakery business! 


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Arman Shinwari is a second grader at Whittier and a part of our Global Academy programming. Arman and his family came to the United States as Afghan refugees. They spent four months traveling before settling in Kansas City, where Arman ultimately found an academic home in KCPS. Arman did not speak any English when he arrived, but he now knows so much he helps our other Afghan students with their language skills. He is an amazing student and a Scholar Superstar!