Our new Director of Development, Sondee Hatcher, is taking her position to new heights…..literally Call it mission-driven, call it insanity, call it desperation, call it inspiration, but whatever you call it, Sondee will be climbing a 14,000 foot mountain in Colorado this summer all in the name of raising money for our KIPPsters. Why?! You can read about it in her own words below.
Raising money for my favorite cause may not be as hard as climbing a mountain, but that’s exactly what I’m going to do! As the new Director of Development at KIPP Houston, my job, by definition, is to raise money for KIPP. But I wanted to do something personally to support this vital and worthwhile cause.
At KIPP, we’ve made a sacred promise to help our students climb the mountain to and through college. This summer, in an effort to raise money for KIPP, I plan to climb a mountain of my own – my first 14er, and I invite you to sponsor me in this effort.
If you’re unfamiliar with the term “14er,” 14ers are mountains whose summits are at 14,000 feet or higher. In July, I’ll be climbing Quandary Peak, just outside of Breckenridge, Colorado. My climb, of course, is symbolic of the KIPPsters’ climb up the mountain to and through college, and through this climb, I hope to raise $25,000 for KIPP Houston. To date, I’ve raised just over $11,000, so I’m almost halfway there, and I’d truly appreciate your support to help me reach the summit.
While climbing this 14er will be no easy feat for me, it is nothing compared to the obstacles and challenges that the KIPPsters work hard to overcome every day as they climb their own mountain. Ninety percent of KIPP Houston students come from low-income households, and most will be the first in their families to attend college. The odds of going to and graduating from college are stacked against them.
Without KIPP, the students that we serve would have less than a 50% chance of even going to college and only an 8% chance of graduating from college. Yet in defiance of the odds, 90% of KIPP Houston students, tracking from the 8th grade, are going to college. While their climb up the mountain to and through college will not be an easy one, KIPP is doing everything within its power to make sure our students are prepared for their climb and have the support they need to reach the ultimate summit – college completion.
This coming school year, there will be 9,000 Pre-K through 12th grade students in 21 KIPP Houston schools. Please support the KIPPsters on their climb up the mountain to and through college by sponsoring me on my climb. Your generous donation will help to provide the KIPPsters with a first-rate, college preparatory education and with the choices and opportunities that all children deserve.
Director of Development, KIPP Houston
P.S. Every dollar donated goes directly to support the education of KIPP Houston’s students. Your gift and your help will make a tremendous difference in the lives of our KIPPsters!