In September, KIPP Colorado schools in Far Northeast Denver celebrated their new campuses.
KIPP Northeast Elementary and KIPP Northeast Denver Middle School celebrated the official opening of their new shared campus by hosting a BBQ and ribbon cutting ceremony for the KIPP Colorado Team and Family and members of the community.
KIPP Northeast Denver Leadership Academy and Strive Prep Academy, which both sit on the Regis Groff campus, honored the legacy of the late Regis Groff with his son Peter Groff and members of the Groff family.
Student Ambassadors led the Groff family on a tour of the campus, and Peter Groff gave a speech about the importance of education to his family. At the end of the ceremony, architects of the building presented the photos of the mural of Regis Groff.
Regis Groff was an educator at Denver Public Schools, a politician and a civil servant. In 1976, he was elected to his first full term in the Colorado State Senate and was the second African-American State Senator in Colorado history. Like his father, Peter Groff has had a notable career in politics. Peter served as the 47th President of the Colorado State Senate. He was the first African-American in Colorado to hold that position and the third African-American to ascend to the post in the nation’s history. He was also previously the director of the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the U.S. Department of Education during the first term of President Barack Obama.