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Hispanic Heritage Month Profile: Jessie Flores Mendez | yellow.com

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Ellis Copeland | 06 November, 2017, 07:22

Editor's note: This is a feature in a profiling series of Amarillo's prominent leaders in the Hispanic community. Yellow Globe-News will publish one story each day through Oct. 15 as part of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Jessie Flores Mendez is a retired educator who loves her community.

Growing up in

She attended Buchanan Street School, then an elementary school, where she was the only Hispanic in her class.

" They tried to kick us out, "she said in a March 17, 2004 interview. "The people, the administration there, said we should go to the 'Mexican' school, that they had a very good 'Mexican' school in the neighborhood, very accommodating."

Her father, J.K. Flowers, refused - not because he objected to Dwight Morrow Elementary, which was referred to by many as the "Mexican school," but because his children would have to walk too far. Buchanan Street was close to their home.

"When I was in, like little bitty in first grade, they would pick me up and call me 'dirty Mexican' and all that stuff," Mendez said. White children were not used to going to school with Hispanic children, just as Hispanics were not used to attending school with other races.

Medicinal plants
It has also been described over 1500 uses and utilities that were very valid previously, and surely, will be in the future. They have a very marked primordial nerve and parallel secondary nerves, with an elongated shape and rounded at the base.


Tea rose - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The individual flowers of many cultivars are semi-sloping and with their heads down, due to the weakness of the floral stems. The range of colors includes pastel shades: white, pink and white. (a novelty at the time) from yellow to apricot.


ORNITOSECTA
Pandion haliaetus - osprey - osprey: Three specimens were observed: one on September 4 and two on the 17th of the same month. Buteo buteo - aligot comú - busardo ratonero: A single issue on November 8th against the five that were observed in 2015.


She stayed at Horace Mann Junior High, and then

Mendez worked 20 years ago. for the Amarillo Independent School District, 14 of those as an attendance clerk at James Bowie Middle School, where she retired in 1995.

Some of the organizations Mendez was involved in including the Parochial Association, American GI Forum Ladies Auxiliary, Amarillo Education Secretaries Association, Our Lady of Guadalupe School Board, Los Barrios de Amarillo and more.

Her awards include being named Woman of the Year for Guadalupe Parish by La Corte in 1994 and Hispanic Barrios of the Year in 1997. She also received the Outstanding Hispanic Award in 1997.

"She played a "and she (it) was the first paying members of that organization," Andy Chavez said in an Oct. 16, 1997 interview.

She and her husband, Pete Mendez, organized The Amarillo Festivals, an annual parade and fundraising event, which is still held every summer.

"I see her as one of our own Hispanic pioneer women, and also a Hispanic female heroine, "Chavez said.

She has five children, and a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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