First day of 2014-2015 school year!

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The first day of school for the 2014-2015 year started on Wednesday, August 20 with a thunderstorm, but the bright smiles of students and teachers helped light the hallways of the Hope School Learning Center. “Our dedicated staff members worked throughout the summer to prepare for this day, which is always one of the best days of the year,” said Principal Cliff Hathaway. . . . → Read More: First day of 2014-2015 school year!

Help us expand The Hope Institute Learning Academy!

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Parents and friends, we need your help! Sign our petition to help The Hope Institute Learning Academy (HILA) expand from K-5 to include grades 6-8! Our expansion would allow us to continue to serve your children who benefit academically and socially in our unique classrooms that include diverse learners and general education students. As parents, you see firsthand the impact our learning environment has on your children and how much they love coming to school each day. In many instances, this is the first opportunity many children have to attend the same school as their brothers and sisters. It encourages students to learn from one another, accept classmates who are different and build strong friendships. . . . → Read More: Help us expand The Hope Institute Learning Academy!

Hallie’s Story of Hope

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For years, Hallie would push her mother away when she tried to read to her. However, after attending Hope for only a few months, a miracle happened. One night before bed, the 9-year-old handed her mother a book. Hallie, who has been diagnosed with autism and an intellectual disability, began attending Hope in February as a day student after her home school lacked the resources and structure to handle her needs, her mom said. “I was like, ‘My gosh, you want me to read to you?’” recalled her mother Amy Klespitz. “Now, every night it’s a ritual that we have to read before bed.” . . . → Read More: Hallie’s Story of Hope

Hope Vocational Students Volunteer at Habitat for Humanity ReStore

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Hope students love to give back to the community. That’s why a pair of vocational students teamed up Tuesday, July 29, to paint and sand wood furniture at the Habitat for Humanity of Sangamon County’s ReStore in Springfield. Once the items are finished, they will be resold at the store. The funds help provide housing to families in need. . . . → Read More: Hope Vocational Students Volunteer at Habitat for Humanity ReStore

Hope Vocational Students Cleanup at Southwind Park

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A group of Hope vocational students are helping to make a Springfield park even more beautiful. On Monday, July 14, students collected litter at Southwind Park and helped empty trash. Students routinely volunteer at the park for various beautification projects, including picking up trash and pulling weeds. The trips to the park allow students to donate their time to a park that has ties to children with special needs.
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CHEF AND DESIGNER JAIME LAURITA HEATS UP CELEBRITY CHEF FOR 20TH ANNUAL FUNDRAISER IN SPRINGFIELD

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Italian chef and designer Jaime Laurita will prepare gourmet meals for the 20th Annual Celebrity Chef fundraiser, benefiting students of The Hope Institute on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, at Erin’s Pavilion in Southwind Park. Chef Laurita is the quintessential celebrity chef who has cooked for many of the world’s top touring entertainers, such as Sting, The Rolling Stones, Madonna and Aerosmith. The Chicago-area resident has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show and The Food Network, as well as Bravo TV’s “Real Housewives of New Jersey”. . . . → Read More: CHEF AND DESIGNER JAIME LAURITA HEATS UP CELEBRITY CHEF FOR 20TH ANNUAL FUNDRAISER IN SPRINGFIELD

Kieran’s Story of Hope

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Amazing things happen when Kieran kicks a soccer ball. The 18-year-old sports standout is one of two Hope students who won a gold medal June 14 in the soccer skills competition at the Special Olympics State Tournament in Bloomington, IL. The skills exercises included dribbling, shooting, and kicking while running. . . . → Read More: Kieran’s Story of Hope

10th annual Rochester 5K Fun Run and Walk

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Thanks to everyone who participated in the 10th annual Rochester 5K Fun Run and Walk fundraiser. The event was held July 5 to benefit The Hope Institute for Children and Families. According to event organizer Mark Chiapetto, this year’s event was the largest turnout in history as more than 150 participants ran or walked the 3.1-mile course at Rochester Community Park. A group of Hope students attended the race and cheered on the finishers. . . . → Read More: 10th annual Rochester 5K Fun Run and Walk

Independence Day Parade 2014

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Hope students and staff members proudly displayed their patriotism July 3 during the annual “Independence Day” parade at The Learning Center. Each classroom transformed donated red wagons into floats dedicated to this year’s theme of “Autism Awareness, Piece by Piece We Come Together.” . . . → Read More: Independence Day Parade 2014

The Gables’ annual “Market Days” festival

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Hope students showcased their artistic talents and culinary skills last week at The Gables’ annual “Market Days” festival in Springfield. Students attending the outdoor festival over the span of two days had the opportunity to greet and interact with the public in a welcoming environment, and also raised awareness about autism and other developmental disabilities. . . . → Read More: The Gables’ annual “Market Days” festival