By: E&P Staff
The Chicago Sun-Times Charity Trust and the Post-Tribune Foundation announced awards totaling $100,000 to two charter schools in Chicago and Gary, Ind.
Grants will be split between KIPP Ascend middle school in Chicago and KIPP LEAD middle school in Gary. The two charter schools are part of the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) Chicago-Gary network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public schools dedicated to preparing students from underserved communities throughout the Chicago-Gary region for success in college and in life.
According to the program, while less than one in five low-income students attends college nationally, KIPP’s college matriculation rate stands at more than 85 percent for students who complete the eighth grade at KIPP. Together, KIPP Ascend and KIPP LEAD currently serve more than 600 children in the region.
The newspaper charities said the grant will help pay for student programs and for capital projects, including plans to open a new high school in Gary and an elementary school in Chicago in the summer of 2010.
Sun-Times Media CEO and Vice Chairman Jeremy Halbreich and Lisa Tatina, publisher of the Post-Tribune and president of the Post-Tribune Foundation were scheduled to present a $100,000 check to April Goble, KIPP Chicago-Gary Schools executive director, on Tuesday at KIPP LEAD College Prep School in Gary.
The Sun-Times Charity Trust is a non-profit organization affiliated with the Chicago Sun-Times and the Post-Tribune Foundation is a non-profit group affiliated with the Post-Tribune newspaper, which has served Gary and Northwest Indiana for more than 100 years.