New KIPP Halifax Campus Opens

21433180_1466100846815975_5057403323542584242_nOn September 8th, KIPP ENC celebrated the opening of the new KIPP Halifax Campus with a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by local politicians, community partners, and the KIPP ENC team and family.

The newly opened 85,000-square-foot facility is home to KIPP Halifax College Prep Middle School and a new primary school, KIPP Halifax College Prep Primary, which opened with a founding class of Kindergarten students. The building includes state-of-the-art classrooms, band rooms, art rooms, science labs, and more, and has the capacity to serve 900 students in grades K-8.

For the past three years, KIPP Halifax College Prep has shared space in First Baptist Church in Roanoke Rapids, and we are forever grateful to the First Baptist community for helping the school get its start. The new, permanent Halifax campus has the physical space for both middle school and primary students to grow and flourish. As school leader Marlo Wilkins shared, “we are so excited and proud of our beautiful new home and the opportunity to grow.”

The ribbon cutting ceremony included remarks from Vernon Bryant, chairman of the Halifax County Board of Commissioners, David Harvey, president of the Halifax County NAACP, a KIPP Halifax parent and student, and KIPP ENC leadership. Notable attendees included: the mayors of Weldon and Scotland Neck, representatives from the Roanoke Valley Chamber of Commerce and City Council, Halifax Community College, and the offices of Congressman G. K. Butterfield, Senator Richard Burr, and Senator Thom Tillis. The KIPP GCP Pride High School band and choir were on-hand for the celebration, along with KIPP Halifax Primary’s founding class of Kindergarten students and all middle school students.

You can read more here and check out photos and videos from the event on KIPP ENC’s Facebook page.