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Dear Friend,

As the 2011 calendar year comes to a close, we have lots of exciting fall news to share. Thanks to corporate volunteers from Belkin, KIPP Empower Academy has a flourishing new garden to ornament its grounds. Our annual Choice and Commitment Award event was a memorable celebration. Last but not least, we thank our supporters for generous grants allowing us to prepare more students in South and East LA for success to and through college.

In other news, there is still time to secure a 2011 tax deduction for your charitable contributions! Please consider making a year-end gift to KIPP LA Schools. Your support ensures we can continue to provide our students the excellent, well-rounded education they deserve. By making a donation today, you are making a difference for tomorrow.

Read on to learn more about the exciting developments at KIPP LA…

  KIPP Empower Academy's Campus is Going "Green!"

Last month, KIPP Empower Academy hosted their first garden cultivation event, where volunteers from Belkin spent the morning working hard to beautify the grounds. Through a partnership with Woolly Pockets, the volunteers planted portable hanging gardens that will serve as “living walls.” They expertly planted an array of trees, flowers, and herbs that will continue to flourish in the months and years to come and transform ordinary fences into vibrant green spaces. These unique gardens are perfect for KIPP Empower – if the school eventually moves into a larger space, their garden can move with them to their new home!

As a follow-up to Belkin’s volunteer day, KIPP Empower teachers, students, and parents put their green thumbs to the test in their new garden during “Empower Hour.” Students learned how to care for and grow fruits, vegetables, plants, and flowers. Devon, a kindergartener, exclaimed: “I liked working in the garden! I dug holes, planted peas, watered the plants with my friends and had fun!”

KIPP Empower parents who helped out in the garden also found the experience rewarding. Karla, an Empower teacher and parent, believes that gardening will “encourage healthy eating habits and expand our scholars’ taste buds.” Another parent, Dawn, who is a huge advocate for school gardens, believes “it will instill in our future leaders the importance of preserving the planet.” KIPP Empower Academy is grateful to our friends at Belkin and Woolly Pockets for making this meaningful experience possible for our teachers, students, and their families.  



  KIPP LA Honors Paramount Pictures at Annual Choice & Commitment Gala


KIPP Academy of Opportunity students making noise with their KABOOM drum line.

(Photo by Callaway Gable)

KIPP LA’s annual gala, the Choice & Commitment Awards, recognizes outstanding organizations that have positively impacted our schools. This October, we honored Paramount Pictures for the company’s longstanding commitment to education, including their role in the distribution of the documentary, WAITING FOR “SUPERMAN,” which features our very own KIPP LA Prep. Director Davis Guggenheim and his wife Elisabeth Shue were in attendance, among other individuals from the entertainment, business, and civic communities. Megan Colligan, President of Domestic Marketing and Distribution, accepted the award on behalf of Paramount. Both Ms. Colligan and Mr. Guggenheim echoed KIPP’s belief that every child deserves an excellent public education.
The awards ceremony presented a great opportunity to showcase the many talents and accomplishments of our hard working KIPPsters. The program featured an energetic performance by KIPP Academy of Opportunity’s drum line, KABOOM, as well as inspiring speeches from current students and a KIPP alumnus. The room was buzzing with excitement as we celebrated Paramount’s contributions to KIPP LA and public education reform.

Thank you to all the guests, friends, and sponsors who made this year’s Choice & Commitment Awards event such a great success! 
  KIPP LA's Schools Receive New Grants to Advance our Mission

On behalf of KIPP LA’s schools, teachers, and students, we wish to express our gratitude to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for their generous technology grant, allowing our teachers to use innovative instructional practices to develop the 21st century skills our students will need to succeed in college and the world beyond.
Additionally, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation, Carl E. Wynn Foundation, The Carol and James Collins Foundation, The Mayer and Morris Kaplan Family Foundation, and the CEDAR Foundation have awarded grants to support the operational and academic efforts of KIPP LA’s schools. These generous gifts allow our schools, teachers, and staff to continue providing a comprehensive and well-rounded education, preparing our KIPPsters for success on the path to and through college.

KIPP in the News

"Bruce and Martha Karsh Give $50 Million" | Duke Today, December 5, 2011

“Duke University trustee Bruce Karsh and his wife Martha have donated $50 million to Duke for a permanent endowment to support need-based financial aid for undergraduate students from the United States and other countries, President Richard H. Brodhead announced Monday.”  Read more…

“Forbes Impact 30: 30 Top Social Entrepreneurs” | Forbes, November 30, 2011

… Richard Barth, KIPP Foundation. It's a simple idea, but it works: Keep kids in school longer and they learn more. Read more…

“Kindergartners Blend E-Learning, Face-to-Face Instruction” | Education Week, October 25, 2011

“…At KIPP Empower, Principal Mike Kerr devised a complicated schoolwide rotation in which children are using laptops inside their classrooms twice a day for roughly half an hour each time. He said the computers allow him to preserve the small-group instruction that he considers critical to student success.”  Read more…

“Sonic Youth: Twilight's Jackson Rathbone” | Teen Vogue, October 17, 2011

“…on the first day of classes, we're standing in the music room at KIPP Los Angeles Prep, as teacher Tony Sauza leads the advanced band—whose members, ranging from sixth to eighth graders, came in during summer vacation to rehearse--in Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and the Beatles' "Come Together."  Read more…

“$12.6-million Grant will Open 13 New L.A. Charter Schools” | The Los Angeles Times Magazine, September 28, 2011

“…two California-based charter school organizations have been awarded $12.6 million in federal grants to start 13 new campuses in Los Angeles, federal education officials announced Wednesday.Read More…


KIPP LA Schools is a non-profit organization that operates high-performing K-8 public charter schools in South and East Los Angeles. We are part of the nationwide KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) network, which is dedicated to preparing students in underserved communities for success in college and in life.

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