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Patrons of KIPP Public Schools celebrated the successes of students and staff at the Prove the Possible Gala on Oct. 18 at the Clinton Presidential Center.

The evening included a reception where guests could view artwork and meet the student artists from KIPP Blytheville College Preparatory School and other student ambassadors from the six KIPP schools in Arkansas.

A dinner and program was emceed by students Michael Boyd and Gabreanna Chandler and included a performance by a choir from KIPP Forrest City College Preparatory School and graduate Whitney Watson speaking about her experience as a KIPP student. Dan Weisberg, chief executive officer of TNTP (formerly known as The New Teacher Project), gave the keynote address.

KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) began in 1994 with 47 fifth-graders within a public middle school in Houston, according to the KIPP website. The following year, two new public charter middle schools began in Houston and New York. By 1999, these original KIPP schools were among the highest-performing schools in their respective communities.

The annual gala is a fundraiser for KIPP Public Charter Schools.

Gallery: Prove the Possible Gala

High Profile on 10/28/2018

Print Headline: Prove the Possible celebrates KIPP schools, raises money

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