KIPP in the Community – October 2017 Edition

Happy November! The temperatures are dropping and the KIPP DC community relations team is out and about engaging students, families, and community members. From celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month to visiting Capitol Hill, October was filled with many exciting highlights. Take a look at what we’ve been up to this month!

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6th Annual KIPP DC College Fair – At the end of September, more than 200 KIPPsters and countless community members joined us at the 6th annual KIPP DC College Fair! Similar to past years, it was great to see so many students & families come out on a Saturday to meet representatives from 75+ colleges and universities. We’re eager to continue our working with our terrific college partners as well as supporting KIPPsters on their journey through college & career.

IMG_1212Parent & Community Meetings  In October we completed the first round of Parent Community Meetings at each KIPP DC campus! It was a pleasure to meet with hundreds of students and families regarding a potential second KIPP DC high school. On Monday, October 23, our community relations team attended the Deputy Mayor for Education’s Fletcher Johnson Community meeting. It was a great opportunity for community members, including KIPP DC parents, to voice their opinions on the needs of the community. You may also have seen the community relations team at monthly  ANC meeting in Wards 7 and 8 or at civic association meetings throughout the city. We’re eager to continue conversations with families and community members around #FutureFletcher and education in our community. Keep an eye out for more information on community meetings in November!

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Teacher Recognition in the Community – This month, two KIPP DC educators were recognized for their excellence! KIPP DC Discover Academy principal, Dr. Wynn was named a Washingtonian 35 under 35 by our friends at City First Bank! Dr. Wynn has been an integral part of the D.C. community and IMG_1213we’re proud to have her guiding our youngest KIPPsters to choice-filled lives. In addition, KIPP DC Heights Academy science educator, Ms. Ramsey was named a 2017 School Ambassador Fellow by the U.S. Department of Education! Ms. Ramsey joins a cohort of excellent educators working together to inform education policy. Congratulations!

Ty Chung ‘13 Speaks at Accenture Day of Service – On October 9, KIPP DC College Preparatory alumnus Ty Chung ‘13  spoke at the Accenture Day of Service. Ty spoke to more than 2,500 people about the partnership between KIPP Schools and Accenture and the important work of the Future Focus program. Ty, who was an inaugural member of the program, is now employed full-time at Accenture and encouraged mentorship amongst his colleagues. We’re proud to have many KIPPsters benefit from the Future Focus program and this fruitful partnership.

TyChungKIPP on Capitol Hill – On October 16, KIPP DC, other KIPP regions, and charter schools from across the country convened on Capitol Hill to advocate for Dreamers and for critical funding streams that support our schools, students, and alumni. KIPP DC alumni had the opportunity to speak with their member of Congress and provide context on why we need to support Dreamers. It is always great to see KIPP alumni advocating for themselves and others in our community.P1070353

Hispanic Heritage Month – Throughout the month of October, we celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month across our schools. KIPP DC Promise & Lead Academies’ students spent the month learning about Hispanic countries, traditions, foods, and even dance! Students also had the opportunity to showcase their work and perform during the Hispanic Heritage Month celebration! Check out a clip from their electrifying performance.

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East of the River Book Festival On October 14th, our KIPP DC team supported local and aspiring writers and storytellers at the East of the River Book Festival in Ward 8! We’re always happy to work alongside community organizations to support the advancement of literacy and a love of reading in our community.

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KIND Comments Mural at Union Market – On October 11, two KIPP DC College Preparatory students and art teacher Mr. Zulu participated in the creation and unveiling of Instagram’s #KindComments Mural at Union Market DC! The event, sponsored by friends at Union Market and Instagram, brought together local artists, photographers, and creatives together from all over D.C. to create the colorful masterpiece.  Our students were extremely proud to have a part in bringing joy and more #KindComments to our community. Read more.

What an exciting month! Check back next month to see what the community relations team has been up to across the District. As always, and don’t hesitate to reach out to Althea Holford, Brandon Best, or Nathan Woods with questions or to learn more about where KIPP DC is in the community.

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