When Ivy Prep students, parents and supporters gathered at the Gwinnett County School board meeting as a show of unity, the aim was to put a face to the issue of charter school funding and the constitutionality of same-gender public schools. As adults engage in lawsuits such as this one, we often forget those who are most impacted by the proceedings- in this case nearly 300 middle-school girls. The gathering at the board meeting did not sway Gwinnett County’s view of our public charter school, but it did something more powerful. It allowed a group of sixth and seventh grade girls to have a voice and a role in fighting for their education- not our education, but theirs. The Ivy Prep students will never forget having that amazing opportunity to speak, regardless of what the outcome of this case might be. I don’t know what will happen over the next few months or years, but I can assure you where our focus will remain: on educating our girls and enhancing their total well-being through academics, fitness and the arts; and building Ivy Prep one grade each year until it becomes an academy meeting the needs of a diverse group of girls from the 6th to 12th grades. If you believe in what Ivy Prep Academy is fighting for, please sign our online petition and forward to as many friends, family and affiliates as possible. Thank You All in advance for your continuous support.