“We all have dreams. In order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.”- Jesse Owens
Black History Month is not about simply a recalling of facts and figures of the past but recognizing the excellence that continues to flow through the veins of people from the African diaspora. This month serves as a “thank you” to ancestors and all those who have made it possible for our KIPPsters to shine so bright! Seeing KIPPsters continually shine brightly is my inspiration each and every month.
– Althea Holford, Managing Director of External Affairs and Real Estate.
KIPPsters Celebrate Black History Month
Across our schools, KIPPsters celebrated the many contributions of black people in many unique and thought-provoking ways. From discussion panels, historical dress-up days, door decorations, to live museum walks and performances – our students celebrated the past and showcased their excellence.. See a collection of photos from the month’s events and activities.
Young Men’s Empowerment Summit
On February 9, we were extremely proud to welcome nearly 200 young men and their fathers, mentors, and father-figures to the 2nd annual Young Men’s Empowerment Summit. The day consisted of empowering discussions, on self-determination, sexual health, high school transitions, and mentorship. We’d also like to extend a special thanks to the D.C. Office of the Attorney General, DC Transit Officers, DC Public Defenders Office, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. for joining us for a great day.
Parent Appreciation Event
We were especially honored to recognize the contributions of many of our parents at the Parent Appreciation Event. School leaders, students, and parents alike gathered inside the Anacostia Arts Center for a night of fellowship and gratitude. Parental involvement is a cornerstone of a great education, and we’re proud to continue this work with such terrific parents.
KIPP DC and Somerset Prep Partnership
We’re excited to be welcoming the Somerset Prep community to our KIPP DC school community. We are eager to continue all the great work that is happening at Somerset and in the Congress Heights community. Read more about the partnership from Chief Community & Growth Officer, Jacque Patterson, in Congress on the Rise.
Loads of Love comes to KIPP DC Shaw Campus
Recently, we celebrated the ribbon cutting of the new washer and dryer facility at KIPP DC’s Shaw Campus. In Partnership with the Washington Redskins Foundation’s Loads of Love program, the Shaw Campus received a brand new washer and dryer! The washing and drying equipment will allow students, families, and staff to do laundry free of cost! We’re proud to work with dedicated partners, ensuring students have the tools they need to succeed! Read more about the event.