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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.

Thanks to KCPS Community Champion Rose Brooks

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KCPS is excited to announce this quarter's Community Champion, our partners at Rose Brooks!

Rose Brooks has worked with Kansas City Public Schools for more than a decade, providing educationally-based support groups in areas of domestic violence, anger control and substance abuse to build students' confidence and self-esteem. This support helps students progress through school and plan for the future. Pre-K through high school students receive guidance on safety planning, healthy relationships, anger control, violence and substance abuse prevention as well as building a positive sense of self. Currently, Rose Brooks works with 16 of our schools.

KCPS recognized Rose Brooks for all of their help and support year after year at the Board of Directors "On the Road" meeting at Southeast High School on Sept. 14, 2022. Special thanks to Rose Brooks CEO Lisa Fleming and Prevention Specialist Coordinator Sandy Hills-Sorenson. Our schools cannot do it alone, and we are so grateful to have Rose Brooks as a partner!