In April, families from all six KIPP Colorado Schools came together for the inaugural KIPP Colorado Schools Family Retreat.
The retreat was designed to facilitate family collaboration in order to share values, build connections, and reflect on experiences to promote welcoming schools and student success.
Our representatives on the Denver Public Schools Board of Education, Angela Cobian of District 2 and Jennifer Bacon of District 4, facilitated a workshop about the role of the Denver School Board. Parents learned about the power that school board members have in the district, how to influence the policies they enact, and key actions to take in order to secure the quality of education for their students.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to learn about what power we have as parents and that, if we share our opinions, there can be change,” said parent Lupita Manjarrez.
The retreat consisted of a variety of workshops and activities designed to facilitate discussions about community participation, identity, cost of college, mental health awareness, and many more hot topics for parents.
Jillian Easley, a parent at KIPP Northeast Elementary and member of the KIPP Colorado Health and Wellness committee, facilitated a workshop about healthy eating on a budget.
“I’m lucky to have found the resources I need as a parent, and I’m glad I can share this with more families,” she said. “Being here and taking the initiative to be involved helps me set a good example for my daughter so she can learn to have initiative and participate in school as well.”
KIPP Colorado will continue to host the Family Retreat on an annual basis to provide workshops led by more families, educators and external partners in order to help parents and guardians share experiences and celebrate their family.