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Notes from the Delta - January 2014 Newsletter

From the Executive Director

Dear Friends, Family, & Supporters,

KIPP Delta's campaign to build a wing expansion and playground at our elementary school is in its critical final stages. With about $108,000 left to raise before we can break ground, every ask and donation at this point matters that much more. With this in mind, we do encourage everyone to continue spreading the word about our Capital Campaign as we hope to build a better tomorrow for our KIPPsters.

While the Capital Campaign reminds us that expansion always comes at a cost, it is important to note that our expansion comes at a greater cost than other schools because of state regulations around charter funding. KIPP Delta gets fewer dollars per pupil than traditional public schools and must either raise the funds for or finance school buildings, creating large debt burdens. Our debt service currently runs at $820,000 annually, money that should actually be spent on educating our students rather than constructing temporary buildings. Furthermore, current law prevents KIPP Delta from using underutilized district facilities – a point painfully driven home when unused district playgrounds and facilities lay abandoned as we scramble to raise the money to build the same structures for our students. Given all of this, we are set to ramp up our advocacy efforts on this issue and began with a presentation before the Joint Education Committee in Little Rock earlier this month. Our vision is to eventually secure the involvement of parents and supporters in these efforts to bridge the facility funding gap. Please stay tuned for more details!

On a final note, we have had plenty to celebrate over the past month, most notably in the areas of student mobility and KIPP through College. First, we are excited to share that only ten students have left our schools in the past month, a remarkable feat given that historically we have lost many more students over the Winter Break. We hope these reduced mobility numbers are a sign that our teachers and staff have made significant strides in developing relationships with our families, convincing them that KIPP Delta is the right choice for them. Meanwhile, KIPP through College has also had several highlights. Several members of the Class of 2015 are off to an early start on applying to pre-college summer programs, many of with which we have a partnership. We are excited to see how participation in these programs affect the Class of 2015's eventual college acceptances. Furthermore, 85% of the Class of 2014 have already been accepted into college and we expect that number to climb in the coming weeks and months. Congratulations to our junior and senior classes on all of their outstanding work!

I hope you all have a terrific month!


Scott Shirey
Executive Director

Don't Miss the 2014 SOUPer Bowl!


KIPP Blytheville College Preparatory School is hosting the second annual SOUPer Bowl on Friday, January 31, 2014 at the Blytheville Holiday Inn. Guests will enjoy a delicious soup dinner with all the fixings, entertainment, and a cash bar. Several student groups will be performing and two students will deliver speeches. Guests will dine with students, teachers, and staff members, as well as over 200 KIPP supporters. Artwork by students in all five grades (4-8) will be on display, and each guest will get to take home their favorite student-crafted soup bowl.

Last year, over 225 people attended the sold out event and helped raise over $20,000 for KIPP Blytheville College Preparatory School. Tickets are on sale for $30 and can be purchased at the campus (1200 Byrum Road) or online at .  Tickets are $35 at the door the day of the event. Sponsorships are available at $500, $1,000, $2,000, and $3,000. Thank you to those who are already sponsoring: Southern Bancorp, Ernest & Cathy Cunningham, The Pirtle Family, Mailboxes & Beyond, McKaskle Farms, Arkansas Northeastern Scrap Processing, Schueck Steel and Walmart. Please contact Sarah Regan if you have any questions, would like to purchase tickets or sponsor the event (870-714-1503 or


School Spirit Soars!

On December 20 th , the final school day before winter break, KIPP Delta College Preparatory School hosted their annual Chant Off event.  Students and teachers work very hard in the weeks leading up to Chant Off, with each grade coming up with original pieces that represent three categories. The first category is academics, the second is culture, and the third is a freestyle chant. Each grade performs their three chants and a panel of judges scores the four classes’ performances. The winner of the event takes home the Chant Off trophy and gains bragging rights until next December. Congratulations to the 2013 winner, the Class of 2021 (5 th Grade)! On the evening of the Chant Off, KIPP Delta also hosted the annual Alumni Homecoming Game. This game, between alumni and current basketball players, always draws a crowd and brings together many KIPP Delta alumni. Both the Chant Off and the Homecoming Game boost school spirit and send students into their winter break full of excitement.

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Upcoming Events

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  • January Field Lessons - January 25, 2014
  • KIPP Blytheville SOUPer Bowl – January 31, 2014

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