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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.

Northeast Middle Singers 'Bursting Into Song' at Conference

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Northeast Middle School students Alexandra Duran Reyes, Saidati Moussa, Yolina Aoci and Veronica Gibson participated in the Missouri Choral Directors Association 7-8 Honors Choir in Springfield, Missouri, on July 26, 2022. They are pictured here with their vocal music teacher, Kenneth Moore.

Students from Northeast Middle School recently traveled to Springfield, Missouri, to perform for the Missouri Choral Directors Association.

Yolina Aoci, Alexandra Duran Reyes, Veronica Gibson and Saidati Moussa auditioned in March for the MCDA 7-8 Honors Choir. They made the trip last month with their vocal music teacher, Kenneth Moore.

“They are so excited to be here and randomly bursting into song!” Mr. Moore wrote in an email to his colleagues during the trip. “What a great feeling!”

Mr. Moore said the trip also included a tour of Missouri State University. Melodye Moore, the new choir teacher at Lincoln College Preparatory Academy, and parent Felisha Holder also helped chaperone.

“Everyone here at Northeast Middle is so proud of our choir students,” said Principal Brett Schriewer. “They represented our Titan family well at MCDA last month. Special thanks to Mr. Moore for taking them on this trip. Our teachers make sure our students get the incredible opportunities they deserve.”