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Congratulations are in order for Mr. Kevin Hogan! Last week, Mr. Hogan was randomly chosen to win a free two-year lease at Two Light Luxury Apartments as a part of the Kansas City Power & Light District partnership with KCPSEF.

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With cold and flu season upon us, KCPS has many resources for keeping your family healthy this fall. Remember, if your child is ill, please do not send them to school.

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Our KCPS celebration of Hispanic Heritage month wraps up today with a remembrance of Lali Garcia, a local activist who founded Kansas City’s La Raza political club.

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Our KCPS celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month continues with stories of those who have made a difference in our community. Today, we remember Tony Aguirre, a beloved Kansas City coach and mentor.

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These recommendations are the culmination of years of engagement with students, staff and families. At its core, Blueprint 2030 is an academic vision for KCPS that gives students the experiences they deserve.

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Our KCPS celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month continues with a biography of Ninfa Garza, a restaurateur who was one of the founders of Fiesta Hispana.

Hispanic Heritage Month: Francisco Ruiz

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Francisco Ruiz was born in San Diego, Texas, in 1929. He and his wife, Irene Hernández Ruiz, both studied at the University of Kansas. With their three sons, Francisco and Irene settled in Kansas City’s Westside neighborhood. In 1964, KCPS hired Francisco as Foreign Language Consultant. His work with KCPS authoring Spanish textbooks helped him become the first Chicano professor at Penn Valley Community College. Francisco also taught at other local colleges and universities, including Longview and the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Francisco was the publisher of the literary magazine Entrelíneas (Between the Lines), which his family would help assemble on the dining room table. In the 1970s, Francisco agreed to teach a class on Chicano history at the U.S. Penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kansas, encouraging students in the class to contribute to a new prison newspaper, Aztlan de Leavenworth. Francisco continued to write about Mexican-American causes throughout, particularly about Latino students, until his death in 1993.

Today, some of Francisco’s papers are part of the bilingual collection at the Irene H. Ruiz Biblioteca de las Americas, the Kansas City Public Library branch named in her honor. Irene was a teacher, leader and librarian who helped preserve an oral history of the Westside