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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: Lali Garcia

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Rafaela “Lali” Garcia was born in Kansas City, Kansas, on Oct. 24, 1927. Growing up, she remembers facing discrimination in public places, including schools and movie theaters. Her father died when she was 12; both her father and stepfather were involved in local politics.

Lali was a young wife when the 1951 flood displaced her family. She never forgot the support they received from the Guadalupe Centers, and she continued to give back in thanks her whole life. She and her husband, Jesse, decided to settle on the Missouri side of the state line in the Westside neighborhood. Lali organized the Westside Democratic Club and, later, the La Raza political club. The club helped elect Latinos to city, county and state office. For more than 50 years, Lali worked the precincts on Election Day, helping people exercise their right to vote.

Lali was honored with many awards and recognitions, including the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Humanitarian of the Year award, the Pat Rios award and the MANA Community Service award. She made life better for Latinos in Kansas City up until her death in 2021.

 

Sources:

https://www.kcur.org/news/2021-06-10/lali-garcia-queen-bee-of-kansas-citys-latino-community-dies-at-93

https://www.kshb.com/news/local-news/hispanic-heritage-month/celebrating-lali-garcia-the-activist-and-queen-bee-who-helped-shape-kcmo

https://www.kmbc.com/article/history-and-hope-a-conversation-with-latino-trailblazer-lali-garcia/35591337#