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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: Paul Rojas

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Paul Rojas was born on July 14, 1934, to Mexican immigrant parents, Daniel Napoles Rojas and Adela Garcia. He grew up in Kansas City’s Westside neighborhood and attended Our Lady of Guadalupe elementary school, Redemptorist and De La Salle. His given name was Raul; it was in school where he came to be known as Paul. At the time, it wasn’t uncommon for nuns to Americanize Hispanic names.

During World War II, Daniel joined the Civil Defense to help the neighborhood. Paul remembers there being at least one star in every window in Westside. Each star represented a son who was serving. After Paul graduated from high school, he joined the Navy, serving for three years during the Korean War.

Paul was interested in politics from a young age. He began his political career working in the precincts. At the time, Mexican-Americans in Kansas City had very little political power. Paul spent the better part of a decade planning a run for City Council in 1968 and still lost by 250 votes. When he was elected to the Missouri General Assembly in 1972, many of his colleagues treated him like he didn’t deserve to be there.

Paul has continued to serve his community after leaving elected office. He is Chairman Emeritus of the Guadalupe Centers Board. In 2019, Congressman Emanuel Cleaver recognized Paul on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in celebration of his 85th birthday.

 

Sources:

https://www.kmbc.com/article/hispanic-heritage-month-meet-kansas-citys-paul-rojas-who-mobilized-latinos-to-vote/37681339#

https://www.congress.gov/congressional-record/volume-165/issue-116/extensions-of-remarks-section/article/E898-4

https://kchistory.org/document/recording-log-interview-notes-45

https://guadalupecenters.org/board-members/

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