Skip To Main Content
KCPS NEWS
a group of smiling people holds a giant cardboard key in a green painted classroom

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.

a graphic design of a school hallway. people are getting healthcare.

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.

A smiling, white-haired woman in a white cardigan wearing glasses.

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.

A photo of a smiling man in a green and yellow varsity jacket and cap.

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.

a graphic with photos of people at community engagement events with the words community chats continuing the conversation

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.

A black-and-white photo of a smiling woman with glasses and curly white hair.

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: Saturnino Alvarado

Hispanic Heritage Month graphic with a drawing of a man with black hair and a thin mustache


Saturnino Alvarado was born Nov. 29, 1883, in Michoacan, Mexico. Not much is known about his early life, but he worked as a shoe cobbler in the Argentine District after his family immigrated to the United States. In the 1920s, Mexican-American children were not allowed to attend school with white peers, and there was no provision for education past eighth grade. White parents blocked Mexican-American families’ attempts to enroll in local high schools. 

Saturnino was determined, however. He loved poetry and plays and wanted his children, Luz and Jesse, to attend Argentine High School. When the school board tried to send his children across the state line to high schools in Missouri, Saturnino engaged the Mexican Consul. Finally, in 1926, his children were allowed to attend their neighborhood high school. An auditorium at the middle school was later named after him. 

Saturnino died on Aug. 9, 1955. In 2003, he was inducted into the Mid-America Education Hall of Fame at Kansas City, Kansas, Community College in recognition of his efforts to desegregate schools. 

 

Sources:  

https://kckplprograms.org/2021/09/16/saturnino-alvarado/ 

https://kchistory.org/document/biography-saturnino-alvarado-1883-1955-civil-rights-activist 

  • Hispanic Heritage Month