Each December, I’m overwhelmed by the kindness that pours into our Hope Academy community: presents for families, winter wear for students, generous year-end gifts. Proof that it’s more blessed to give than receive!
If you’re looking for ways to be blessed, and be a blessing this Christmas, here are 7 simple options:
1. Give a book
Each Christmas, every child at Hope receives a gift-wrapped set of books to take home and enjoy, to encourage literacy and foster a love of learning.
So often, we are reminded that only God can heal wounds, change hearts, unite families, strengthen the weary, heal the sick, open the floodgates of provision, and provide divine wisdom. We are daily in need of God’s grace.
5. Give a year
Almost every child at Hope Academy needs a financial Partner to be here — someone who will make a generous gift to help offset the cost per student.
19 students still need a Partner this school year ($3,625/half, $7,250/full).
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Regardless of income, family composition, ethnicity, or zip code, Hope Academy is increasing access for low-income, urban youth to a remarkable, Christ-centered education.
2. Addressing the heart of the matter
At Hope Academy, we teach to the heart, as well as the head. “The thing I like best about Hope Academy is our teachers and how much they care about us,” said one student.
3. Transforming lives
“I”m not the same person I was two or three years ago, and that’s all because of God and because of my teachers,” shared Andrew (far right).
4. Strengthening urban families
“Coming from a Hispanic background with a single-parent home and a low-income family, there’s a lot of challenges that we face. I believe that God has totally flipped the story around; both my sister and I were awarded full-ride scholarships,” said Jose, Class of 2018.
5. Beating the odds
By God’s grace, we are seeing incredible results. In 2018, our students scored higher than ever on standardized tests in math and reading. 95% of seniors graduated on time, and 94% of all graduates have been accepted to 2- and 4-year colleges–many on full scholarships.
6. Grads giving back
One of our greatest joys is to see our graduates working for justice, economic opportunity, hope for the family, and joy in the community. Graduates are already leading and serving their communities, at Hope and abroad.
Praise God for his incredible faithfulness, and for each teacher, donor, volunteer, and prayer warrior who has made these things possible.
We are still trusting the Lord to provide supporters for 26 of our students this school year. Click to see how you can get in on the joy!
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Welcome to the start of a BIG year at Hope Academy.
It’s a joyful day as we welcome nearly 500 students with big smiles and open arms — each child reminding me just how much God loves the youth of our city.
It’s also a year unlike any we’ve seen. By God’s grace, we’re embarking on the final push of the Growing Hope Capital Campaign to serve 700 students in Minneapolis, and help kick-start 10 new schools nationwide.
What does that mean?
More students than ever
35 of whom still need financial Partners, and 3 classes of Kindergarten who each need 180 Day Sponsors.
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When I see graduates like Nate coming back to mentor younger students, it makes my heart sing.
Nate is a young man who entered Hope Academy like most middle schoolers: not quite sure of who he could be. Through the deep care of teachers, classmates and mentors, God is developing Nate’s potential as a leader–and opening his eyes to a whole new world of opportunities in the trades.
Isn’t that what we all need–a community of people to call out and cultivate the best in us? I can think of few investments more rewarding than that.
Soon we’ll be welcoming 500 students whose lives are in the balance, and whose futures are still being written. Would you consider how you might put your arm around one student like Nate this school year?
We’re excited and expectant to see how the Lord will provide prayer warriors, volunteers, and financial partners for our students this school year. Don’t miss out on the joy!
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For many people, summer is a season to relax and head to the lake. At Hope Academy, it’s a tipping point.
Much research shows that, while summer learning loss is common, it hits low-income students the hardest–compounding the academic achievement gap year after year.
That’s why Hope Academy requires 4 weeks of summer school for every student, K-8. And it’s making an impact.
Last year, Hope Academy 4th-6th graders made slight gains in math and reading from May to October, while national averages show students backsliding in both subjects.
In addition to more time on task in math and reading, summer school offers our students a rich variety of opportunities to grow through hands-on learning and exploration.
“Summer is an extra special time to enjoy fun things like field trips, more exploratory projects and focused learning modules in the classroom,” says 1st grade teacher Mrs. Look. “I love the extra time with the students!”
In short, summer school is a game-changer for our students.
Thank you to every teacher, parent, volunteer, and donor who helped to make this year’s summer school possible–and a special thanks to our partners at Inverted Arts, Junior Achievement BizTown, and the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation for their generous hand in its success.