SAN ANTONIO – KIPP San Antonio, a local public charter school system, received a $1 million boost from local philanthropist and businessman Harvey Najim.
On Wednesday, KIPP Esperanza Dual Language Academy honored Najim, revealing a portion of its academy that was named after him.
The academy teaches students from kindergarten through fourth grade. They're taught Spanish and are "learning to become bilingual and bicultural," according to a news release.
"This type of money is going to continue to allow us to create more and more seats and offer college preparatory education to our kippsters across San Antonio," said Dalia Flores Contreras, KIPP San Antonio regional superintendent. "We are really excited about that."
In celebration of the donation, a bilingual choir performed for Najim, and students presented art created for the local businessman.
KIPP Texas Public Schools consists of 52 public charter schools statewide.
Locally, KIPP has grown to educate more than 3,500 students at its six campuses. Two of the six campuses are dual language elementary schools and three are middle schools. The sixth is an International Baccalaureate high school.