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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.

Love Books? Join Us for KCPS Loves to Read!

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KCPS Interim Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Collier reads 'The Lions of Little Rock' by Kristin Levine, a book for middle schoolers based on the integration of schools in Little Rock, Arkansas, in the 1950s.

To increase awareness of the importance of literacy, KCPS is launching a campaign to encourage students, staff and families to make reading part of their daily routine. There are four components to the campaign: 

Reading is My Superpower – This program is designed for students in kindergarten through eighth grade to challenge students to reach reading goals, as well as participate in fun activities supporting social and emotional well-being.  

Everyone Reads – This program is designed for high school students to challenge students to become active readers, as well as participate in fun activities supporting social and emotional well-being.  

Stop and Read – This program is for EVERYONE! The first Wednesday of each month, from 10:00 to 10:15 a.m., students and staff around the district will stop and read for 15 minutes. From school principal to custodial aide, teacher to student, with everyone taking time to read, our goal is to show that reading is important, no matter what.

Kansas City Reads – This week, KCPS launched Kansas City Reads, an in-person or virtual read aloud program featuring guest readers from the district and across the Kansas City community. Join us on the first and third Wednesday of every month!