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.

If I wasn’t at this Jesus school…

One of the greatest opportunities we have at Hope Academy is to teach children that God is love. Let me tell you how that is making a profound difference, on the most practical level.

 

 

“Mrs. Hayden, if I wasn’t at this Jesus school, I’d probably hit that kid!” said one of our Kindergarteners. Something is registering with him; love is working its way into his heart.

“Miss Mann, can we just work out our problems before we celebrate Valentine’s Day?”asked a tender-hearted second grader. Students are learning that love means moving towards others in kindness–especially when you don’t like them.

“I’m very thankful for Mrs. Pearce’s tough love,” one of our graduates reflected. “Some people are soft and just want to please you. She wanted us to understand what was good for us.”

Praise God that love is so much more than a nice sentiment, conflict-avoidance, or sweeping things under the rug. At Hope Academy, “We love because he first loved us,”and that makes all the difference.

With a grateful heart,

 

Russ Gregg
Co-Founder & Head of School

Youth Basketball Coaches Needed

We are now looking for Youth Basketball Coaches for Hope Academy’s winter basketball teams (Kindergarten through 7th grade). If you, or someone you know, is interested in volunteering, please contact Kelby Brothen – kelbybrothen@hopeschool.org .

Our Next Step of Faith | Doubling Kindergarten