The Old National Bank Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Old National Bank, presented a check for $5,000 to KIPP Minnesota, a charter school system dedicated to confronting education achievement disparities in the Twin Cities.
Three times a year, the foundation presents grants to organizations throughout its footprint that fit the strategic initiatives of affordable housing, early education, economic development, financial literacy and workforce development.
“The KIPP model is focused on supporting students holistically – it is not solely their academic performance, but their personal well-being that our teachers and staff support whole-heartedly. We are committed to confronting educational disparities so that our students are able to lead choice-filled lives,” said executive director of KIPP Minnesota, Nicole Boardman. “This work would not be possible without the generous support of partners like Old National Bank. Their grant is literally changing the course of opportunities afforded these amazing students.”
KIPP Minnesota is being awarded this grant for its early education efforts. The grant money will be used to support its expansion. KIPP will open its third school in North Minneapolis this month. The school, KIPP Legacy Academy, will welcome fifth and sixth graders in its first year and will grow to a full capacity of 680 students over the next seven years in grades K-8.
“KIPP is an extremely promising public school that has made strong academic gains and continues to do so. They are committed to our children and families in North Minneapolis, where more great schools like KIPP are sorely needed,” said Sondra Samuels, the president and CEO of Northside Achievement Zone.
The new campus is part of KIPP Minnesota’s strategic plan to grow to five schools – two primary schools, two middle schools, and a high school – teaching more than 1,000 students in grades K-12 by 2026.
“KIPP is creating opportunity and molding these students into thriving future leaders,” said Trent Bowman, vice president, community development officer for Old National. “Old National is proud to support KIPP’s mission.”