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KIPP Delta's Little Bites a Big Success

KIPP Delta's Little Bites A Big Success

Second annual Little Bites. Big Impact. draws over 200 people 

HELENA, AR – April 17, 2015 – KIPP Delta’s second annual Little Bites. Big Impact. event, held on April 9 at the Phillips Community College Fine Arts Center, brought over 200 people together to celebrate the impact of KIPP Delta in the community. Little Bites. Big Impact. is a tapas style culinary event featuring chefs from all over the region. Visitng chefs included Executive Chef Shane Henderson of Ben E. Keith food from Little Rock, Executive Chef Stephen Burrow of Forty Two at the Clinton Presidential Library from Little Rock, Chef Jerry McCrary of Dreamboat BBQ and Tamales located in Clarksdale, Mrs. Helen McClain of Fabulous Foods out of Marianna, Chef Eric Coleman of Deltafood located in Tunica, Chef Chris Card of Ranchero located in Clarksdale, Otis and Henry’s Bar and Grill located at the Isle of Capri Casino in Lula, and Baker Patton of Patton’s Cheescake in Clarksdale. The special guest chef was David Bibbs, a graduate of KIPP Delta Collegiate High School and current senior at Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island. David will graduate in May with his Bachelor’s degree in Culinary Arts and an emphasis in pastry making.

The evening raised over $26,000 for KIPP Delta Public Schools.  The event was emceed by Alex Speed, Class of 2019, and Emazjay Smith, Class of 2024. The event featured two student performances, one by the KIPP Delta Collegiate High School band and one by the KIPP Delta Collegiate High School choir. Andre James, from the Class of 2016, delivered a speech about his journey through KIPP and the impact that his teachers have had on his growth. Scott Shirey, executive director, also spoke about the exciting achievements of KIPP Delta students, highlighting those who are choosing to return to Phillips County after graduating from college.

A new tradition was introduced, with the addition of annual Beyond Z Awards. These awards will go to a community member, a staff member, and a student who go above and beyond in their pursuit of excellence. The Beyond Z Community Award was given to Bettye Hendrix for her unwavering support of KIPP Delta Public Schools over the past thirteen years. The first-ever Beyond Z Staff Award was given to Amy Charpentier, KIPP Delta’s KIPP Through College Director. Amy has worked tirelessly, first as a teacher, then as a college advisor, and now as the director, to ensure that KIPP Delta students have the support they need to reach their college graduation day. Currently over 80% of KIPP Delta alumni have graduated from or are persisting in college, and a great deal of this success can be attributed to Amy’s dedication.

The Beyond Z Student Award was given to Tykeena Watson from the Class of 2016. Tykeena is a model KIPPster in every way possible. She holds herself to extremely high expectations, but also expects the best from her peers. After attending a summer leadership program at Brown University last summer, Tykeena came back to Helena and used her new skills to start a peer mediation group at KIPP Delta Collegiate High School. She trained select peers on how to mediate issues that arise between high school students and now her school director, Todd Dixon, says “Tykeena’s ability to solve issues with permanence surpasses that of any student or adult in our school.” She is currently taking every Advanced Placement course that is offered and in the fall Tykeena plans to apply to all eight Ivy Leaugue schools, in addition to Duke and Stanford.

KIPP Delta Public Schools would like to recognize and thank the sponsors who made this event possible.

Impact Sponsors: Hargraves Insurance, Cathy & Ernest Cunningham, Southern Bancorp, King Farms, Elaine & Jim Frazier

Empower Sponsors: Hays Food Town, Phillips County Community Foundation, Helena Family Healthcare, Helena Marine Service, Hickory Hill Pharmacy

Spark Sponsors: Entergy, Rosanne & Pace Hindsley, Isle of Capri, The Smith Agency of Helena, Kids for the Future, Larry Delk & Associates, Lisa & Blake Robbins, Messina Real Estate, Phillips County Board of Realtors, Messina’s Wine & Spirits, Moon Lake Farms II/BTC Farms, Pillow Clinic

In-Kind Sponsors: The Edwardian Inn, Ludwig Distributing


About KIPP Delta Public Schools

KIPP Delta Public Schools are tuition-free, open enrollment, public charter schools that accept all students on a space-available basis. Ninety-five percent of KIPP Delta’s students are African American, and more than 90 percent qualify for the federal free and reduced-price school lunch program. Our mission is to empower students from underserved communities to develop the knowledge, skills, and character traits necessary to pursue a college education and a life of value, joy, and integrity. For more information, visit

About KIPP

KIPP has grown from two original schools founded by Teach For America alumni Mike Feinberg and Dave Levin to a national network of 162 free, open enrollment, college-preparatory public charter schools.  Over 95 percent of students enrolled in KIPP schools are African American or Hispanic/Latino, and more than 80 percent qualify for the federal free and reduced-price meals program. To date, over 85 percent of students who have graduated from KIPP middle schools have matriculated to college. For more information, visit



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