Each year, Parent Pride Nights allow our students to showcase not only their growth and hard work, but also the important lessons they are learning about injustices around the world and their ability to make change within and beyond their communities. Family, friends, and community members are invited to watch and enjoy these student-led celebrations that highlights the important academic and cultural lessons students have learned over the course of the school year.
In December of 2001, KIPP ENC held its first Parent Pride Night in KIPP Gaston’s middle school cafeteria. Families, parents and community members packed the space to watch the debut performance of our founding Pride. Not only did our students showcase their new chants, but they also performed a moving tribute in honor of September 11th (which had occurred on the sixteenth day of school our founding year). Our remarkable 10 and 11 year-olds shared poignant connections between their work on our peanut field and a mourning country that would be changed through their education and quest for understanding, justice, and peace.
Sixteen years later, we continue that theme of showing our communities how we have the individual and collective power to dismantle injustices by sharing lessons learned in our classrooms about the slave trade in Libya, educational injustice, discrimination, gun violence, DACA and broad immigration reform, mass incarceration, the work to prove that climate change is real, gender inequality, dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline, and the fight against consumerism. Each school has the opportunity to celebrate what students have learned and what the future might hold as our Prides prepare to succeed in the colleges of their choice, strengthen their community and fight for social justice.
To learn more, check out this video from our students at KIPP Durham.
You can also view videos of Parent Pride Night performances on our Facebook page.