KIPP in the Community – November 2018 Edition

Hot Topic:

This fall, we kicked off a series of conversations between KIPP DC College Preparatory high school students and D.C. Councilmembers called “A Mile in My Shoes”. The series aims to give students an opportunity to speak with city leaders on issues that impact them daily. This month, KIPP DC College Preparatory senior Jasmine met with Ward 8 Councilmember Trayon White to discuss safe passage for students. White joined her on her commute to school and experienced what it’s like to walk a mile in her shoes.

KIPP DC students have met with both Councilmembers Robert White and Trayon White and look forward to connecting with other city leaders. Check out their journey on KIPP DC’s Instagram Highlights.

Stay tuned for more “A Mile in My Shoes” conversations!

Althea Holford,

Managing Director of Community Relations

Around Town:

KIPP DC College Preparatory Student, City CouncilKIPP DC College Preparatory Students visit D.C. Council

On November 13, students from KIPP DC College Preparatory’s student council visited the D.C. Council at the John Wilson Building. Student leaders at KCP used their time to raise their concerns on issues such as safe passage, mental health services, and violence to staffers. We’re eager to continue creating space for students to speak directly to lawmakers and civic leaders throughout the city.

Dancing With the Scholars

Dancing With the Scholars

KIPP DC was proud to help sponsor the William O. Lockridge Community Foundation’s 8th Annual Dancing with the Scholars event.  The events supports scholarships for Ward 8 students on their path to college graduation and successful careers. Guest judges from the D.C. Council, community members, and students had a blast supporting a great cause.

Brandon Todd at KIPP DC Schools

Councilmember Brandon Todd Visits KIPP DC’s Shaw Campus

This month, we were proud to have Ward 4 Councilmember Brandon Todd join students and families at KIPP DC Lead Academy in Shaw. It was great to see parents, teachers, and school leaders engaging Councilmember Todd on the importance and future of public education. We enjoy being able to connect city leaders directly to the voices of our community.

KIPP DC Family Engagement Night

Family Engagement Night with Capital City Go-Go

In November, KIPP DC hosted a Family Engagement Night with the Capital City Go-Go, a new, local NBA developmental team based at the Entertainment & Sports Arena in  Ward 8’s Congress Heights. With 60 students, family members, and staff in attendance, we had a blast and look forward to continuing to provide more events like this to our students and families in the near future!

KIPPsters attend Michelle Obama’s ‘Becoming’ Tour

On November 17, dozens of KIPP DC students and families had the opportunity to see Michelle Obama live during her “Becoming” book tour! The former First Lady detailed the events in her life that made her the person she is today. She encouraged students to use their voice to make change and ultimately become “you.” We were elated to see the joy on the faces of students as they took in all the former first lady had to present.

KIPP DC Arts & Technology Thanksgiving

Giving Thanks this Season

From potlucks and canned food drives, to gratitude lunches, students, families, and staff set time aside to show gratitude for the season and each other!  We’re thankful to share another season of thanks with our amazing teachers, students, families, and communities. Thank you for being part of our team and our shared vision for a brighter future.

Upcoming Dates:

East of the River Special Education Workshop – December 3 at KIPP DC Benning Campus 

KIPP DC College Preparatory Open House – December 6, 5:30 – 7pm at KIPP DC College Preparatory Campus

EdFest 2018 – December 8 at The DC Armory 11am – 2pm.




Posted on December 2, 2018 in Community