Dear Hope Families,

Like most of us this week, I am weeping with you over Daunte Wright’s death. As someone who was created by God to reflect his image to the world, it is right and appropriate to mourn Daunte’s tragic death. We all should grieve his family’s loss of a son, a father, and a brother, as well as grieve with many others who have lost a friend.

Many of us have also been affected by the ensuing protests and riots, bringing up recent experiences of trauma from the past year. Living in fear is such a difficult burden to bear, and I am writing to call us to help one another carry this crushing load.

It is so helpful that the Scriptures include testimonies of God’s people suffering many of the same feelings we are wrestling with—feelings of pain and frustration, sadness and anger and despair. In Psalm 42, the writer asks himself, “Why, my soul, are you so downcast? Why so disturbed within me? My tears have been my food day and night. All your waves have swept over me.”

This same Psalmist ultimately urges his painful, depressed, and troubled soul to turn to God. “Put your hope in God,” he says, “for I will yet praise him.”

One of God’s promises that I am clinging to this week is from Isaiah 43. It’s a promise that God will be with us in trouble:

“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.
For I am the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.”

These are some of the most challenging days that our community has ever experienced. Surely God will not abandon us. Let’s do whatever we can to help one another put our hope in God.

Praying for you,

Mr. Gregg
Head of School

What difference does God’s love make?

His love gives us a new perspective.

Every child at Hope Academy learns our school’s creed, which proclaims: “I am created in the image of God, and he loves me–beyond my imagination.” As students and teachers recite these priceless truths, we learn to see ourselves and each other from God’s perspective.

His love gives us courage.

In Hope’s creed, we also learn that, “God calls me to love and serve the Lord Jesus Christ…to not do harm against another, but to love and encourage others, and to serve my community. For I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” Our staff, families, and partners have done this in beautiful, heroic, myriad ways, fueled by God’s life-changing love.

His love fills us with hope.

As we’ve faced the many stresses of this year, my spirits have been lifted remembering, “We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us” (Romans 5:3-5). Amen!

May you be encouraged and filled with the love of Christ today.
Let Hope Arise

How School’s Going this Year

While this has undoubtedly been the most challenging school year we’ve faced, we’re also seeing God do some extraordinary things at Hope Academy.
Be encouraged as you watch this mid-year update:

By God’s grace, your prayers and support are enabling us to provide the love, structure, and learning that children so desperately need right now. Thank you for investing in the youth of our city.

The Grad that Keeps Giving

Kenneth Granados is a grad who keeps giving. Kenneth graduated from Hope Academy in 2018, and is now attending the University of Northwestern-St. Paul as a first-generation college student–on a full-ride scholarship!

Even better, he and some fellow graduates have been mentoring Hope Academy students weekly, and serving our South Minneapolis community in the wake of this summer’s tragic events.

Hear how God has used Hope Academy to shape Kenneth’s life–and how he is paying that forward in the lives of others:

Jamie, your investments in Hope Academy can also be multiplied in the lives of our students. Anonymous donors have stepped up to double your impact–and make sure Hope Academy students get the support and resources they need in this challenging season.

Thanks to our Let Hope Arise 1:1 Match, all new and increased giving will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to $250,000!

3 million missing from school | The difference you’re making.

With up to three million children missing from school nationwide, we’re extra grateful for 14 weeks (and counting!) of mostly in-person learning, and the stability and normalcy it’s brought to our students and families. Here are just a few ways we’ve seen God at work through your prayers and support:

  • 545 urban children are receiving a remarkable, God-centered education at Hope Academy.
  • Students are actively engaged in their classes, with 95% attendance.
  • Each child has a technology device and safe access to their schoolwork.
  • 97% of parents completed their parent-teacher conferences.
  • Hundreds of parents were equipped at Parent Involvement Day. Workshops covered topics like: helping children cope with trauma, communicating effectively with teens, and staying mentally and physically healthy during winter.


  • Staff have distributed $32,000 in Crisis Relief Funds to families and connected them to other resources in the community.
  • We’ve added a second school social worker to help families with the immense challenges of this year.
  • Students and families are being blessed with new books, gifts to open on Christmas, and a special holiday meal to enjoy.

In this especially challenging year, you are helping to make Hope possible for hundreds of children and families in Minneapolis. We thank God for you and pray this season brings you more joy in Him.

Update from Hope Academy in Week 8!

Dear Hope,

We’re thanking God to be in week 8 of this school year, and wanted to share an update. Though it has been by far the most challenging and complex school year, we praise God that we’re able to continue caring for the majority of students in-person (about 70%), as well as providing online schooling for those who need it (about 30%).

Even with face masks, desk dividers, and new protocols, children know they are loved, and are adapting to this year’s new normal. Students are happy to see their teachers and friends again, and flourish with structure and routine.

Last week, teachers did a virtual “home visit” with each family in their class, connecting, encouraging, and praying for one another. Next Saturday, we’ll host a virtual Parent Involvement Day, providing a variety of workshops parents can choose for their growth and equipping.

This fall, we’re also grateful to have launched initial HopeTech courses in woodworking, coding, robotics, and more. This is part of a broader initiative to better prepare students for the future of work by exposing them to the trades and technology, in addition to their classical coursework.In all of this, we praise God that He is our Rock, our Refuge, and our Hope in times of trouble. As the world continues to swirl around us, He is constant, eternal, and unchanging. If you are praying, giving, or otherwise supporting our community in this time, thank you. You are making a world of difference for children and families in our city. If you’d like to learn more or get involved in these ways, please see the links below.

“May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love, and Christ’s perseverance.” 2 Thessalonians 3:5

Let Hope Arise,

Russ Gregg
Co-Founder & Head of School

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7th & 8th Grade World History Fair

Open to all classrooms and parents from 3:40-4:20, Wednesday, May 30th.

7th & 8th Grade Science Fair in Gym

Open to all classrooms and parents from 2:00-3:40pm, Friday, May 25th.  Optional Science Fair Open House for parents – Thursday, May 24 5:00 -7:00 pm.  Students are not required to be attend that evening, but parents are welcome to come and view the projects.