7 Reasons for Gratitude in 2020

Looking back on a challenging 2020, the KIPP Tulsa Team & Family is thankful to you, and to Tulsa’s many community partners. Your friendship resonates with the values lifted up in this conversation between our Executive Director, Darius Kirk, Ed.S. and KIPP Tulsa’s founder, Millard L. House II.

Reach One, Teach One. Video

Darius Kirk and Millard House II discuss Reach One Teach One
KIPP Tulsa’s current Executive Director, Darius Kirk, and founding Executive Director, Millard House speak on the power of empowering the next generation of leaders.

So many individuals and organizations have stepped forward to lighten the load for our scholars, families, and educators. The contributions of time, talent, and resources are too numerous to name one by one. Some of the most recent examples include:

  1. Generous individuals responded within 24 hours to forgive families’ cafeteria balances and cover unforeseeable costs by giving to our COVID Relief Fund.
  2. Chef Kelly Crisp with Lefty’s on Greenwood and the Gastronom Collective cooked alongside our multi-talented scholar and aspiring chef Michael.
    Chef Kelly Crisp and Class of 2022 KIPPster preparing Class-erole Breakfast of 2022
  3. Local network of philanthropic organizations, led by Tulsa Area United Way, the George Kaiser Family Foundation, and the Charles and Lynne Schusterman Family Foundation, generously contributed funds and guidance.
  4. Sunrise Rotary Club donated dictionaries to each of our 5th-grade scholars.
  5. Many volunteers stood ready to help us prepare our new high school facility (despite the many pandemic-related postponements and cancellations).
    Volunteers move furniture to get KTUP ready
  6. We would be remiss if we didn’t thank our longtime corporate partners, Williams and QuikTrip.
    Williams recently donated a set of three high-capacity printers to each of our schools and made a generous monetary contribution to help us begin retrofitting the former Mark Twain Elementary building so that it can accommodate high school students.
    Williams donated high-capacity printers
    We are grateful to QuikTrip for many years of support from our earliest days (and catch the Better Together Breakfast to hear fond memory of this partnership from Executive Director, Darius Kirk, Ed.S. and the founder of KIPP Tulsa, Millard L. House II.
  7. YOU! Whether you are an educator, partner, donor, or advocate for children–thank you for believing in children!

We wish we could celebrate our scholars and recognize your support in person. We will all have to continue looking forward to that day – but meanwhile, we have prepared something special to share with you.  We hope you will join us for our virtual Better Together Breakfast.

Better Together Breakfast December 5 2020

In the program, you’ll see how several of our current students and alumni are persevering through these difficult times while keeping a hopeful eye toward their future.  You’ll also learn how we’ve been working with our families and community since 2005 to grow a new generation of leaders! 

Once again, I thank you, our scholars thank you, the entire KIPP Tulsa Team & Family thanks you for your support during this past year. We hope you are doing well and that you’ll be able to join us for the Better Together Breakfast on December 5th.

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