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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: Yvonne Vazquez Rangel

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Yvonne Vazquez Rangel was born on Oct. 28, 1966. She started her professional career as a counselor at a domestic violence shelter. In 1992, she began working with the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) National Education Service Center. She worked as an advisor and, eventually, director. She mentored students through the Hispanic Leadership Opportunity Program, helping many of them fill out financial aid paperwork to get to college. She spent evenings and weekends running a K-3 reading program for students whose families spoke Spanish at home.  

At home, Yvonne and her husband, Juan, spoke to their son primarily Spanish for the first two years of his life. As they began to speak more English at home, she looked for ways to reinforce her son’s Spanish. She successfully campaigned for his pre-K to add Spanish instruction to better serve diverse learners and their families. 

Yvonne was 42 when she died of cancer. Her family continues to be involved in education advocacy in Kansas City. 

 

Sources:  

https://kchistory.org/document/biography-yvonne-vazquez-rangel-1966-2009-education-advocate 

https://www.seacoastonline.com/story/lifestyle/2007/11/21/younger-younger-children-learning-foreign/52735321007/ 

  

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