High-achieving students from underserved communities received a boost earlier this week when Breakthrough Houston held a record-breaking luncheon that brought home the need for change in the public school system. The tuition-free, college-preparatory program for high-achieving/under-served students was enriched by $150,000.
More than 450 educators, business leaders and community leaders filled the Flores Hall and Campus Center of St. John's School to support the program and to hear from Houston Endowment president Ann Stern. "The lack of equality in education is the biggest problem facing Houston," Stern said. "It's a moral and social issue.
"Breakthrough is proving what works," she said. "It’s an innovation that is going to put pressure on the school system to ultimately change."
Good news at the luncheon, chaired by Ting and John Bresnahan, Consuelo and Ian Macpherson, and Lauren and Brad Morgan, was announcement of the expansion of the program and the addition of a new site at KIPP CONNECT.
Equal education enthusiasts attending included Courtney Sarofim, Laura Arnold, Aliyya Stude, Divya Brown, Lindley Arnoldy, James and Erin Stewart, Henry Richardson, Monsour Taghdisi, Sippi Khurana, and Courtney Toomey.