The staff at Viola Gibson is committed to providing relevant instruction, modeling effective teaching practices and creating a powerful learning experience. Each student will be challenged to perform at high levels, think critically, and make informed decisions. Every student will be prepared for life-long learning, economic independence, and productive citizenship.
A number of co-curricular and enrichment activities are available for students who attend Viola Gibson Elementary School. Some of these include: Lego League, Geography Bee, Green Team, and Gator Vision Crew, as well as Intramurals, Art Club, and a K-5 Running Club.
The Viola Gibson Elementary PTA was established during the summer of 2002 and successfully combined the parents, students, and teachers of many different Cedar Rapids schools into a unified community. The focus is to further develop our ability to involve families in their children's/child's education. Some of the things that the Viola Gibson's PTA sponsors are K-2 book cart, K-5 study trips, fitness trail equipment, classroom and cafeteria volunteers. There is a focused fundraising effort for playground expansion, technology, as well as other classroom and school needs. Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. Parents and student involvement have a positive effect on student achievement, behavior, school quality, and cultural diversity.
Viola Gibson Elementary was opened on August 26, 2002 and is named after the area's female civil rights leader, Mrs. Viola Gibson. This is the first school built after a span of thirty years. A grand opening celebration was held on September 20, 2002, with three of Mrs. Gibson's children in attendance.