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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: José Gonzalez

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José R. Gonzalez was born on Sept. 30, 1931, in Laredo, Texas, to Mexican-American parents. He enlisted in the Marine Corps with three friends when he was just 17. He served honorably in Korea and Vietnam, earning a Purple Heart. He met his wife, Mercedes Jordan, while stationed at the U.S. Embassy in Bogotá. One of his last assignments before retiring was the Marine Corps Finance Center here in Kansas City. He and Mercedes liked Kansas City so much they stayed, with José going to work for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

José volunteered at many community and cultural events. He formed lasting relationships with Hispanic community activists and organizers. With colleague Rebecca Jaramillo and friend Ninfa Garza, he organized a parade down Southwest Boulevard that ended in a fiesta in 1982. This celebration during Hispanic Heritage Month became Fiesta Hispana, moving to Barney Allis Plaza the next year.

José continued to serve his community on boards and commissions throughout the 1980s and ’90s. Notably, he was recognized by the Missouri Arts Council and received the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Kansas City’s Humanitarian of the Year award. In 1997, the Kansas City Council recognized José with a proclamation honoring his efforts to preserve Hispanic culture and heritage.

José died in 2003, but Fiesta Hispana remains a mainstay in Kansas City’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.



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