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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 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. 

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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.

Rebecca Parker Elected to Greater Kansas City Association of School Librarians Executive Council

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Garfield Elementary Library Media Specialist Rebecca Marcum Parker has been elected as second vice president of the Greater Kansas City Association of School Librarians for the upcoming school year. She is one of two Missouri school librarian representatives on the Missouri Secretary of State John R. Ashcroft’s Library Council and serves on the Missouri Association of School Librarians’ Advocacy and Diversity committees.

Ms. Parker believes students become better readers when they see themselves in books and graphic novels. Her students love checking out books that were purchased with a grant from GLSEN’s Rainbow Library. Ms. Parker’s motto? “The question may not involve the library and librarian, but the answer always can!” She has been a KCPS school librarian for 24 years.

Summer reading recommendation from Ms. Parker: This Book is Anti-Racist, by Tiffany Jewell. Ask your school librarian for help logging into your school library account, or check it out from the Kansas City Public Library. Don't forget, adults who participate in KCPL’s Summer Reading Program can earn books and cool prizes!