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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: Rebecca Jaramillo

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KCPS is continuing our celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month with a spotlight on Rebecca Jaramillo, an advocate for equal rights and a founder of Fiesta Hispana, one of the first celebrations of Hispanic Heritage Month in Kansas City.

Rebecca “Becky” Hernandez was born on Oct. 23, 1939, in Parsons, Kansas, the fifth of 12 children. Her parents, Daniel Hernandez and Francisca Yanez, were from Guanajuato, Mexico. Growing up, Becky’s classmates assumed she had been born in Mexico, too. She would recall years later being devastated that they did not see her as American as they were.

At the age of 17, Becky moved to Kansas City to study at Rockhurst University. She met her future husband, Joe Jaramillo, in 1957. They married in 1961. To combat the discrimination they faced in Kansas City, Becky and Joe joined the NAACP. Together, they registered people to vote.

Becky was a quiet, compassionate leader in Kansas City’s Hispanic community. She served on numerous boards, including the Incorporated Mexican American Government Employees (IMAGE) Women’s Action Committee, the United Nations Women’s Commission, the Mexican American Women’s National Association and Guadalupe Centers, Inc. In 1979, while National Secretary for the Panel of American Women, Becky was invited to the White House to meet President Jimmy Carter.

In the ‘80s, Becky worked as a proofreader, reporter and editor for Dos Mundos, Kansas City’s bilingual newspaper. With José Gonzalez and Ninfa Garza, she founded the Greater Kansas City Hispanic Heritage Committee, which hosted the first Fiesta Hispana in Kansas City’s Westside neighborhood in 1981. Today, the festival is held at Barney Allis Plaza in the heart of downtown to mark the start of Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15).

Becky died in 2005 after battling throat cancer for many years. Her husband, Joe, told The Kansas City Star, “Becky was the type of individual who questioned many of the decisions she felt were not right.”



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