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KCPS is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with profiles of Latinos who have made a difference in our community. Today, we remember Yvonne Vazquez Rangel, an education advocate who lobbied for access to bilingual education. 

John Fierro Kansas City Notable Latino

KCPS is celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month featuring notable Latino community members who have made a difference in the city and/or the nation. Today, we honor John Fierro, President/CEO of Mattie Rhodes Center and a long-time public figure in Kansas City.

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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.

Local Kansas City Hero Primitivo Garcia

Primitivo Garcia is often referred to as Kansas City's first local Hispanic hero. One KCPS elementary school is named after this hero after he gave his life to save his English teacher in 1967.

'Kick Start to School' Eases Transition for Immigrant Families

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At the first-ever 'Kick Start to School,' KCPS invited immigrant and refugee families to a special orientation at the International Welcome Center.

This week, KCPS hosted the first-ever “Kick Start to School” to introduce immigrant and refugee families to our classrooms.

Students spent three days at the International Welcome Center engaged in fun English and math lessons. They learned important school routines and practiced logging into their district devices. Middle and high school students even took a field trip on the Metro to learn how to use the city’s public bus system.

“It was wonderful to see them learning, laughing and making new friends,” said Allyson Hile, KCPS Director of Language Services and Cultural Equity. “We are ready to start this school year!”

While students attended the Kick Start program, parents received an education orientation on the U.S. school system.

KCPS opened the International Welcome Center last year to make it easier for immigrant and refugee families to access community resources. By offering support to parents in the same space where their children attend school, KCPS empowers families to learn together.

The first day of school is Aug. 22.