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.
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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

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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