KIPP in the Community – August 2018

Ready, Set, Go! We’ve enjoyed an enthusiastic start to the 2018-19 school year and we’re excited for the year ahead! We’re looking forward to continuing to engage with our community, introduce new initiatives, and strengthen existing traditions.  Find out more about KIPP in the Community and our impact inside this month’s edition.

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Peace Rally Flyer

A shuttle has been implemented to transport students from the NoMa-Gallaudet Metro Station to KIPP DC College Preparatory to increase student safety to and from school. Thank you to the Metropolitan Police Department and the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education for partnering with us in this effort!

KIPP DC, in partnership with Ward 7 resident and advocate Ms. Veeda Rasheed, are excited to announce the 3rd annual “Stop the Violence, Increase the Peace” rally scheduled for Saturday, September 15 at our Benning Campus. Students, families, community partners, and city officials will come together to bring attention to one of our highest priorities, the safety and vibrancy of our community. Join us in September as we give voice to students on this important issue.

This November we will host our first student-led Stop the Violence Design Day. If you are interested in partnering with us on this effort, please contact Althea Holford.

Around Town

KIPP DC at Ferebee HopeFerebee Hope Back-to-School Event

On August 18, the engagement team joined the DC Department of Parks & Recreation and the Ward 8 community at the Ferebee Hope back-to-school event! It was an exciting day of meeting community members and organizations, while also providing students & families with backpacks, t-shirts, and other essentials to head back to school.

KIPP In Community Aug

Byte Back

July 30th was the start of classes offered through our partnership with Byte Back, and we’re thrilled with the strides students have made.  With Byte Back, participants have the opportunity to learn Microsoft Office skills and gain a certification through this class. Visit Byte Back’s website for more information.


Our First Day of School

Welcome Back! This month, we welcomed back students on August 3 for the first day of the 2018-19 school year. Our campuses were filled with big smiles, hugs, and a few tears of joy as and students and families returned for a new exciting school year. Each year, we’re especially proud to welcome our PreK3 students and families to their first day of school ever! We are excited to begin an excellent educational journey to and through college with our youngest learners. Check out photos.

KIPP DC at Penn Branch Association Fair

KIPP Codes Hosts Demo Day

This month KIPP Codes participants had the opportunity to showcase their coding projects at Demo Day. Several local community leaders joined us at the KIPP DC Resource Center to listen as students shared projects created to solve everyday problems. Participants created a diverse range of apps from one that improves school security to others that bring sports fans together. Most importantly, they gained valuable skills towards success in the growing tech industry. Thank you to all of the elected officials and community partners that attended and made the event a success.


Penn Branch Civic Association Community Block Party

Members of the community engagement team were out and about at the Penn Branch Community Block Party on August 11. There was fun, food, and plenty of smiles to go around as the team met and interacted with many students, families, and community members!

NAF Academy Provides Job Readiness at KIPP DC College Preparatory

The partnership between the National Academy of Finance (NAF) and KIPP DC College Preparatory launched in August and we are proud to offer this unique opportunity to KIPPsters. Forty sophomores will work with NAF to gain the tools and experience needed for success in the finance industry. Through both work-based learning and engagement opportunities with business professionals, students will complete their high school journey with a direct path to careers and success in finance.

Meet the Team

You can find the KIPP DC community engagement team at these upcoming September events:

  • KIPP VOTES! – Throughout the months of September and October, KIPP DC will be registering voters at our campuses. Follow us on Twitter @KIPP_DC for more details.
  • Ward 7 Day – Come to meet the team at Marvin Gaye Park on September 8. (5200 Foote St NE)
  • 3rd Annual Increase The Peace Rally – Join us at our Benning Campus on September 15 rally for an end of violence in our community. (4801 Benning Rd SE)
  • KIPP DC citywide College Fair  – Join us on September 22 at KIPP DC College Preparatory for our annual college fair, with over 50 colleges and universities in attendance. (1405 Brentwood Parkway NE)
  • Miles Memorial Church Block Party – Come meet the team at Miles Memorial’s annual block party of September 29 in Ward 6 (501 N St NW)

It’s been a busy month, check back at the end of September to see what we’ve been up to and don’t hesitate to reach out to Althea or a member of the community engagement team with questions or to learn more about what KIPP DC is up to in our community.

Posted on September 1, 2018 in Community