Parent Nights Sponsored by The Hope Institute

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The Hope Institute for Children and Families is having a series of Parent Nights beginning in November 2014 and running through May 2015. Each event will be held at the Noll Medical Pavilion in Suite 2500 from 6:30—8:30 and parents are welcome to bring their children! . . . → Read More: Parent Nights Sponsored by The Hope Institute

Students Cashing in on Programs that Reward Good Behavior

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Students at the Hope Institute Learning Academy (HILA) in Chicago are cashing in on a program that rewards their good behavior.

The young learners receive “Hawk Bucks” when staff members spot them engaging in good conduct, which includes listening, maintaining good manners and following directions. The bucks can later be redeemed at the school store for school supplies, games or toys. Students who save up $500 “Hawk Bucks” can receive larger rewards, such as a Nerf basketball hoop, doll stroller or a remote control monster truck.

“The program serves as a fun, engaging way to teach our students appropriate school behaviors . . . → Read More: Students Cashing in on Programs that Reward Good Behavior

Fall Fest Thrills Hope Students and Families

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Sometimes the most powerful superheroes are children.

That’s why dozens of Hope students dressed up in capes, masks and crime-fighting costumes at the annual Fall Festival Open House event Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Learning Center in Springfield. This year’s “Superhero” theme showcased just how much Hope students inspire the residents in our local community.

Festivities kicked off with a parent forum, which allowed students’ relatives to meet with Hope staff members to learn more about Hope’s policies and procedures. Later, guests toured the school and visited classrooms, including music therapy and art. Families were treated to lunch in the . . . → Read More: Fall Fest Thrills Hope Students and Families

On Stage Performance Helps Hope Students

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Performing on stage can help students build confidence and improve group social skills. At Hope, we believe it’s important to provide young people with all the opportunities they need to be successful as they grow into productive adults.
In keeping with that mission, auditions recently wrapped up for Hope’s third annual musical—Disney’s Aladdin Jr.—and rehearsals will begin later this fall. Students previously performed Disney productions of The Little Mermaid Jr. and Beauty and the Beast Jr. However, this year’s musical will seek more student participation as each classroom will select a prince to appear in the . . . → Read More: On Stage Performance Helps Hope Students

Celebrity Chef 2014

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The 20th Annual Celebrity Chef dinner featured delicious food, fine wines, exciting talent and the incomparable Jamie Laurita! Thanks to all those who joined us on September 13th. Enjoy these photos from the event, courtesy of Studio 131 Photography! . . . → Read More: Celebrity Chef 2014

Gallery owner provides hope for art students

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Alicia Bibb has created a space where Hope students are celebrated for their remarkable artistic talents. She’s the owner of Studio on 6th, a co-op art shop in downtown Springfield where students’ artwork has been on sale since July in a community outreach space known as “The Reading Room.” It’s there in the back of the store that guests can find an assortment of colorful and affordable student-made crafts, including picture frames, key chains and business card holders.
. . . → Read More: Gallery owner provides hope for art students

Griffin’s Story of Hope

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Like any 9-year-old boy, Griffin loves to explore the world around him. However, that wasn’t always easy because he walked on his tiptoes, a common trait of children like Griffin who have been diagnosed with autism. After arriving at Hope last October, his family, doctors and Hope staff members teamed up to find the best option to give Griffin the greatest shot at the life he deserves.
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Hope Students Help Senior Citizens

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Each year, thousands of people find ways to give back to the Hope Institute for Children and Families by donating money or volunteering their time. Our students and teachers have found ways to return the favor by becoming more involved with our local community. On Tuesday, Sept. 9, a group of students made their monthly visit to Heritage Health Therapy and Senior Care to join the residents there for a game of bingo. . . . → Read More: Hope Students Help Senior Citizens

College Basketball Team Partners to Assist Hope

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The Lincoln Land Community College men’s basketball team found a colorful way to surprise a group of Hope students. The Loggers repainted the walls at the Grant campus housing unit in different shades of yellow, light blue and burgundy on Friday, Sept. 5, to give the rooms a more welcoming atmosphere for the male residents. When the Hope students returned home from school and a field trip, they were greeted with the new vibrant walls. . . . → Read More: College Basketball Team Partners to Assist Hope

Hope students explore, learn at Scovill Zoo in Decatur

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Field trips give Hope students the opportunity to explore the world around them and discover all the special resources we have in our wonderful community. A group of nine students took a walk on the wild side Thursday, Aug. 28, when they visited the Scovill Zoo in Decatur. . . . → Read More: Hope students explore, learn at Scovill Zoo in Decatur