April 9, 2021 (Houston, TX) — Yellowstone Schools had much to be proud of Thursday night with a highly successful Party in the Park and a momentous celebration of the school’s very first students to complete their college educations.
“Yellowstone helped me accomplish more than I ever would have dreamed of doing, such as pursuing a Master’s in Education Degree,” said Brea Groce, a 2020 graduate of Sam Houston State University who is also receiving her master’s this year after first attending Yellowstone Schools.
$831,547 was raised for scholarships for students to attend Yellowstone Schools. 99% of Yellowstone students are Black, and 96% qualify for free or reduced lunch. Each child at Yellowstone receives personal encouragement and skills to develop their intellect and spirit to empower them to reach their highest potential.
The 4th annual Party in the Park was held at McGovern Centennial Gardens in the heart of the Texas Medical Center and attended by over 400 Yellowstone supporters. Music from Hybrid 7 Band kept party-goers on their feet in the lush grass of an evening out — even more unique than usual in the midst of a year of pandemic and quarantine (masks were required). Pappas Restaurant provided delicious treats to fuel appetites for dancing and garden games.
“This was so much more than a fundraiser,” said Ryan Dolibois, Executive Director and Superintendent for Yellowstone Schools. “It was a true garden party in a fabulous city setting with wonderful music and dancing, great food and especially wonderful fellowship. Most importantly, we were able to celebrate our recent college graduates and send them off in style – something they missed out on because of the pandemic.”
“It was particularly joyful to join with our Yellowstone family in celebration this year after we’ve been shut in and away from others,” Ryan added.
2020 College Graduates
Former Yellowstone students who were honored at the event are Roneisha Gamble, University of Houston; Alyssa Germon, Lamar University; Brea Groce, Sam Houston State University with Master’s to be completed 2021; Nick Jones, Houston Baptist University; and Emerance Murekatete, Houston Baptist University.
2021 College Graduates
Soon-to-be college graduates who were honored are Timera Adams, University of Houston; Marvin Anariva, Houston Community College; Christine Cooper, Prairie View A&M University; and Jasmine Ward, Houston Baptist University.
Yellowstone Schools educate nearly 500 majority Black children. Located in Houston’s historic Third Ward, Yellowstone is committed to partnering with students and families, regardless of financial means, to provide an excellent education, to develop faith and character, and to prepare scholars for life beyond high school. At Yellowstone, we inspire, empower, and invest in students to achieve their highest potential and fulfill their intended purpose.
The schools are comprised of Yellowstone Academy and Yellowstone College Prep. The Academy is a private, Christian school serving students in Pre-K through 5th grade and providing significant financial assistance to families. Yellowstone College Prep is a tuition-free charter school growing to serve students from 6th through 12th grade.