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El Paso ISD Marks Celebratory Week for Kickstart Kids Program

(EL PASO INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT — April 5, 2024) — The El Paso Independent School District’s successful Kickstart Kids (KSK) program will celebrate its students’ achievements with the inaugural KSK competition for the West Texas region Saturday, April 6, 2024, at Capt. Gabriel L. Navarrete Middle School, an event that coincides with the announcement that the district is actively working to expand the program to additional middle school campuses for the 2024-25 academic year. 

 

Saturday’s event at Navarrete will be open to families and the public to witness students’ hard work and learn more about Kickstart Kids. Competitions begin at 9 a.m. Doors will open at 8 a.m.

 

The expansion of the Kickstart Kids program is made possible through a partnership with the Paso del Norte Health Foundation, to further empower students through martial arts and character education.

 

Kickstart Kids arrived in El Paso ISD in fall 2023 at Navarrete Middle School and Charles Q. Murphree PK-8 School. The program engaged more than 200 students in its inaugural year. The addition of KSK aligns with El Paso ISD’s commitment to fostering inclusive learning environments that support holistic student development.

 

Kickstart Kids targets at-risk adolescents, providing them with tools for resilience, self-esteem, and emotional well-being through martial arts discipline. With more than 8,000 students impacted statewide and a legacy of transforming lives since 1992, the program’s influence on youth character development is profound.

 

In addition to Saturday’s event and next year’s planned expansion, El Paso ISD is also excited to launch the KSK Summer Karate program, inviting youth ages 6 and older to participate in character-building activities. The program will run from Monday to Thursday June 11-27, offering sessions at Navarrete Middle School, Murphree PK-8, Guillen Middle School and Bobby Joe Hill PK-8.

 

KSK Summer Karate program

June 11-27, 2024

 

Capt. Gabriel L. Navarrete Middle School, 3501 Hayes Ave. 

• 10-11 a.m.: Students not currently enrolled in Kickstart Kids 

• 11 a.m.-noon: Students currently enrolled in Kickstart Kids  

 

Charles Q. Murphree PK-8 School, 499 Cabaret Drive

• 10-11 a.m.: Students not currently enrolled in Kickstart Kids 

• 11 a.m.-noon: Students currently enrolled in Kickstart Kids

 

Guillen Middle School, 900 S. Cotton St.

• 10-11 a.m.: Students not currently enrolled in Kickstart Kids 

 

Bobby Joe Hill PK-8 School: 4835 Tropicana Ave.

• 10-11 a.m.: Students not currently enrolled in Kickstart Kids 

 

To learn more about all the exceptional opportunities El Paso ISD has to offer, visit our School Finder at https://bit.ly/episd_schoolfinder.