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Southern Bancorp Partners with KIPP Delta


Southern pledges $25,000 per year for the next 5 years to support KIPP Blytheville

KIPP Blytheville, in conjunction with Southern Bancorp, hosted a check presentation on Monday, April 13, 2015 at KIPP Blytheville College Preparatory School. Southern Bancorp and many of its employees have supported KIPP Delta Public Schools since its founding in 2002. This support continued as KIPP Delta expanded to Blytheville in 2010. This year, Southern Bancorp has made a more formal commitment to increase its financial support of KIPP Delta. Southern has pledged to donate $25,000 per year for each of the next five years to support KIPP Delta’s six schools (three in Helena, two in Blytheville, and one in Forrest City).

Several Southern Bancorp employees attend the event on Monday to present the first check to KIPP Blytheville. Kylan Williams, an 8th grader in the Class of 2019, spoke about the impact KIPP has had on his education and the gratitude he feels for Southern Bancorp. Jon Tomasello, KIPP Blytheville’s music teacher, directed a performance of “River Run Free” by the seventh grade choir class. Scott Shirey, executive director of KIPP Delta Public Schools, also spoke about Southern Bancorp’s generosity and the value of this partnership over the past thirteen years.  


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. Our mission is to empower students from high-poverty 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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