Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Sense of Family Takes Center Stage

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Sense of Family Takes Center Stage

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A sense of belonging in Topeka Unified School District 501 took center stage Tuesday during the eighth annual Topeka Public Schools Foundation breakfast at the Ramada Inn and Convention Center in downtown Topeka.

"It's a family," Gerald Gibson, a senior at Highland Park High School told a crowd of 300 community leaders, elected officials, administrators and teachers. "No matter who you are, even if you don't know me, we're all family."

Superintendent Tiffany Anderson continued the family theme in her remarks during the annual event, which raises money for the district's private foundation, highlighting the district's work to reduce poverty in USD 501 where 77 percent of students qualify for free and reduced meals -- an indicator of whether a student is economically disadvantaged.

"I believe the schools are the center of our communities," Anderson told the crowd. …

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