On Thursday, October 17, 2019, KIPP STAR Harlem College Prep Elementary School, 625 W 133rd Street in Harlem, New York, played host to elementary school students and parents for the first-ever KIPP NYC Reads Day. Parents joined KIPP teachers in their students’ homerooms to learn about their children’s reading abilities and goals for the year and then participated in a reading fair aimed at fostering a love of reading in young students. The goal of KIPP NYC Reads is to encourage families to prioritize reading at home and help their children’s development outside of the classroom.
KIPP, the Knowledge Is Power Program, is a national network of public charter schools that are dedicated to preparing students in educationally underserved communities for success in college and life. KIPP schools are part of the free public school system and enrollment is open to all students. It started in the South Bronx in 1995 and is now comprised of 15 public charter schools educating children in grades K-12 (seven elementary and seven middle schools, and a college preparatory high school). Together with KIPP Through College and Career, the alumni support program, KIPP NYC is educating and serving 7,898 students and alumni annually.
Photo credit: Family members at first KIPP NYC Reads Day 2019.