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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: Hector Barreto

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Continuing with our observation of National Hispanic Heritage Month, we are honored to feature Hector Barreto, Sr., a Kansas City entrepreneur and one of the founders of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, Hector V. Barreto, Sr. immigrated to the United States when he was in his early 20s and landed in Kansas City, Mo.

Barreto and his wife, Mary Louise Tejeda, opened Mexico Lindo Restaurant in 1966 at the northwest corner of 23rd and Scott streets in Independence, Missouri. He eventually owned three restaurants: Casa Blanca, La Fiesta, and Chico’s, plus a tile company and a construction firm in Kansas City.

Barreto was an imaginative businessman. He took notice of the disadvantages that Hispanic business owners faced in Kansas City. With other Latino businessmen, he founded the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in 1979. Originally based in Kansas City, the organization is now headquartered in Washington, D.C. The goal of the organization is to bring the issues and concerns of the nation’s Latino-owned businesses to the forefront of the national economic agenda.

Barreto’s advocacy took him to a national stage where he gave advice on Latino perspectives to the Carter, Reagan and first Bush administrations. In the 1980s, Barreto became involved in Republican Party politics and worked for President Reagan’s transition team.

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