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A group dressed in coats cuts a blue ribbon in front of a memorial for Thacher School.

Kansas City Public Schools honored a commitment to the Northeast community, dedicating a memorial at the site of the former Thacher School, 5008 Independence Ave.

Student artwork from the Lincoln Middle School exhibition

Students in Harold Smith's art class hosted an art exhibit at Lincoln Middle School last week, drawing on works in "Testimony: African American Artists Collective."

The student showcase, called "Our Testimony," explores the emotions, memories and values of the Lincoln Middle School artists, said eighth grader Gabriella Morris.

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On Tuesday, Nov. 2, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children ages 5-11. As we have throughout the pandemic, KCPS is working with Children’s Mercy Hospital and the the Kansas City Health Department to get our families the most accurate COVID-19 information

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Families who applied for kindergarten, pre-K or a Signature School by the initial deadline of Monday, Feb. 15, received emails Wednesday, March 3 with offers to their first, second or third choice school.

Northeast High School Art Students Build Altar for Community Día de los Muertos Celebration

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Northeast High School students in Katharine Bruns’ art class created the centerpiece for the neighborhood Día de los Muertos festival. The altar is now on display in the school library.

Junior Sara Hidalgo crafted many of the paper cempazúchitl, or Mexican marigolds. This is her first time celebrating Día de los Muertos, a holiday to honor deceased loved ones.

A young woman in front of a Dia de los Muertos altar in a library

Northeast High School student Sara Hidalgo

“My mom did when she lived in Mexico. She talked about doing (an altar) for her mom," Sara said.

Senior Michael Stivers helped build the altar itself. He said initially the art class wanted to construct a tree but eventually settled on a more traditional design.

A young man in front of a Dia de los Muertos altar in a library

Northeast High School student Michael Stiver

“We made it a three-step base like the three steps to heaven," Michael said.

At Día de los Muertos festivals, it’s common to see women and girls dressed as La Catrina, a famous skeleton. So senior Mirzeta Klinac volunteered to do face paint.

A young woman in front of a Dia de los Muertos altar in a library

Northeast High School student Mirzeta Klinac

“I am a makeup artist myself, so I thought this would be good practice," Mirzeta said.

Senior Marcelles Heart played guitar during Wednesday’s Día de los Muertos celebration at Northeast High School. He says he’s been trying to get more involved since transferring from a much smaller school last year.

A young man stands in front of a Dia de los Muertos altar in a school library

Northeast High School student Marcelles Heart

“I’m doing much better than I did in my old school," Marcelles said. "Grades are better, better environment, not being bullied.”

For Bruns, the art teacher, the best part has been watching a diverse group of students making connections as they shared their cultures and customs.

"Some of my Vietnamese students told me that they do the same thing," Bruns said. "They clean graves and honor the lives that came before us."

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