There’s nothing quite as inspiring as seeing children in our community overcoming obstacles to a good education. Moving beyond those obstacles is a chief goal of KIPP, the nationally-recognized college prep public school which espouses the “Knowledge is Power Program” at their campuses from coast to coast.
Thursday afternoon, KIPP: Austin held a luncheon and ribbon cutting at their new south campus to mark the school’s 10th anniversary.
Leaders from the nonprofit, business and education worlds converged to take a look around the new facility, and enjoyed a variety of performances ranging from elementary age singers to middle school students performing chants … even a high school steel drum band.
We were amused when hearing multiplication tables recited in one of the most creative ways we’d ever experienced. If only it had been that much fun when we were learning math!
Event co-chair Carla McDonald, along with award-winning writer and daughter Ava, hosted an eclectic group including former mayor Will Wynn, Julia Null Smith, Rep. Mark Strama and Crystal Cotti, Mary and Rusty Tally, Stephen Moser, and Lauren Smith Ford.
Board chairman Gretchen Miller acted as emcee for the proceedings, presenting awards and thanking supporters. However, the highlight of the afternoon was when a member of KIPP Austin’s Class of 2013 gave a speech about her experience in the program that brought the crowd to its feet.
It’s clear to see that KIPP not only prepares students for the challenges of higher education, but also for life.