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On June 11, Indianapolis Public Schools and the
United Way of Central Indiana celebrated 21 valuable years of partnership in
improving student achievement at the Bridges to Success Celebration Luncheon!

IPS Superintendent Dr. Lewis D. Ferebee greeted
attendees, including school leaders and coordinators, students, community
partners, business leaders and faith-based and non-profit organizations.

Our partnership has evolved over the years to
form a network of enhanced services provided by those organizations that
address all student and family needs through our schools: tutoring and
mentoring, health services, and basics like food, clothing and school supplies.
Through these relationships, our schools have become community centers where
the services are an integrated part of what students and families receive.

This year alone IPS and the United Way were able
to serve 9,052 students enrolled in 20 Bridges to Success schools!

Looking ahead to the future, Elizabeth Odle,
Director of Bridges to Success, said, “I am extremely pleased to see the
expansion of the services to ALL IPS students and families. This is definitely
an opportunity for us to make sure that we continue to remove the barriers
for our students to be successful. This expansion helps to assure that every
IPS school will have the needed staff and social service resources to make sure
that every child has an opportunity to receive comprehensive supports.”

We’re excited that this partnership has created
service communities in our schools and for our families, places where the
feelings of fear, hunger, pain and stress that can interfere with student
progress are removed. We, too, look forward to growing the relationships
created in partnership with United Way of Central Indiana for at least another
21 years!