By: Carly Campbell
KIPP Austin Public Schools believes that every child, regardless of economic background, has the right to an exemplary education. We will empower our students to thrive in and graduate from college, choose their paths, and positively impact their communities.
The STARS Program Presented by Vista Equity Partners honors the service of over a dozen nonprofit community organizations by offering an exclusive preview of the Trail of Lights.
As a 2016 STARS Sponsor, Vista Equity Partners spread the holiday cheer of the Trail of Lights to the constituents of KIPP Austin Public Schools. Their sponsorship allows participants an exclusive look at the Trail with a private tour of all the lights, magic & fun! If you're interested in becoming a STARS Sponsor, visit our STARS at the Trail information page here!
The holidays are about family and, at KIPP Austin Public Schools, we are one team and family. During the holiday season, all members of our family--students, teachers, school leaders, parents, and supporters pause to share our gratitude for one another. The expressions of gratitude take many different forms, such as notes of appreciation, potlucks, and care packages to alumni at college. The best part of the holiday is that we take the time to value each member of our large and diverse family.
Our KIPPsters are most looking forward to enjoying the magic of the holidays and celebrating their school year successes at the Trail of Lights. The students invited to attend the Trail of Lights were chosen as a reward for good grades, perfect attendance, or the embodiment of the KIPP values of integrity, community, tenacity, curiosity, and courage.
While KIPP Austin works hard to close the academic achievement gap, we also work hard to close the experience gap. We want our students to experience what their city, their entire city, has to offer. Austin is a culturally rich city, which is especially true during the holidays. By offering our students the opportunity to visit the Trail of Lights, we believe we are closing the experience gap one student at a time and creating an unforgettable Austin holiday experience.
At KIPP Austin Public Schools, we know it truly takes a village to ensure a child’s success. It takes parents, teachers, and members of the community, like you, to make a significant difference in students’ lives. Here are just some ways you can invest in KIPP Austin students and, in doing so, open the doors to higher education and choice-filled lives for thousands of children living in low-income communities inAustin:
If you are interested in influencing the lives of the next generation of professionals and leaders, please contact the advancement office at 512.501.3643 x 222 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the New Year, we look forward to continue to fulfill our commitment to students and families. KIPP Austin is a partnership among parents, students, and teachers that puts learning first. All three parties sign a learning pledge called the "Commitment to Excellence," which ensures that each will do whatever it takes to help the students learn, grow, and, ultimately, lead choice-filled lives. KIPP Austin Public Schools has a long track record of success that demonstrates the meaningful impact of a KIPP education on the community of economically disadvantaged youth in Austin, including:
In the New Year, we look forward to continue strengthening our schools and educating the future generation of leaders.
Thank you Austin! 2017 Austin Trail of Lights was filled with smiling faces, amazing performances from our community and of course millions of twinkling lights! From spinning under the Zilker Tree, around the carousel and Ferris Wheel to visits with Santa - check out a few highlights!