Dear KIPP Indy Team and Family,

 

As we welcomed students back to school last week, it was clear that the sense of urgency in our work has never been greater.  We need to ensure our students have positive self-identity along with tools to navigate through and effect change in an unjust world.  From events that have been highlighted over the summer months, including the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, to the violence that is occurring in our own neighborhood, we know that many of our students are struggling to make sense of their surroundings.

 

As a school community, we can and will ensure that our students feel loved and safe when they are at KIPP Indy. Safe not just from violence, but safe to know that who they are and where they come from will be embraced. Safe to voice how they feel about social issues facing their community, including police brutality, racism, and other forms of injustice. And safe that they will have teachers and administrators who respect and embrace their diverse thoughts, identities, and cultures in and out of the classroom.

 

KIPP Indy is committed to supporting social justice movements like Black Lives Matter and working to become a stronger voice for solving issues of injustice in our community. This school year, we created a working group to meet regularly to discuss how we can better support efforts to achieve social justice. If you have suggestions or want to learn more, please reach out to epelino@kippindy.org. We welcome and need the input of our broader school community.

 

Please know that KIPP Indy is aware of and working to address these issues and how they impact our students specifically, and our community more broadly. In order to faithfully fulfill our mission of preparing students for college and choice-filled lives, we know we must continue our work in creating a more equitable and just society. Our students need to be prepared to overcome racial and other systemic barriers when they leave our schools. We promise to find opportunities to impact positive change for our students and community.

 

We’re looking forward to a great school year!

 

With love and optimism,

Emily Pelino

Executive Director, KIPP Indy Public Schools