National nonprofit KIPP celebrates launch of first school in S. Florida
KIPP — a national nonprofit network of public charter schools with a successful track record of educating elementary, middle, and high school students — hosted a kickoff event on Apr. 12 to celebrate its arrival and the opening of its first school in Miami.
More than 100 of Miami’s sports, education and philanthropy leaders — including former Miami HEAT players Shane Battier and Juwan Howard; WPLG Local 10 anchor Laurie Jennings; businessman Edward Lampert and wife, philanthropist and chair of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation Inc. Kinga Lampert, and philanthropist and education activist Leslie Miller Saiontz — gathered at the exclusive Design District Garden Building’s rooftop to welcome KIPP bringing additional education options to South Florida’s children.
KIPP Miami is the organization’s first new region to launch in the past eight years and will begin with an elementary school, KIPP Sunrise Academy in Liberty City.
The evening began with welcome remarks by Shane and Heidi Battier, who have provided scholarships for graduating KIPP students for the past seven years.
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