Many of you joined us several weeks ago as we celebrated ten years of Hope and impacting children’s lives. This past week, some of those first lives we began working with celebrated the end of their high school career and the beginning of their future. Our founder, Sarah Kropf, continued her mentoring relationship with several of our high school students this year and opened her heart to several new lives as well. At our fundraiser, you helped us meet our goal and fund new and expanded programming for our senior high students this coming year.
As the year draws to a close for our students, Sarah decided to celebrate the successes, progress, and wins they have experienced this past year and all those leading up to it. There was no shortage of accomplishments to celebrate; over half the group maintained a 3.5 GPA the entire year. There was cake, balloons, photos, and heartfelt sharing from students and speakers. Several parents and volunteers were able to attend and support our kids as they reflected on the past and got excited about what is ahead. Our freshmen spoke and honored our seniors. The seniors presented advice and challenges for our younger students. Pastor Ja’Quan X Gamble delivered a great message that encouraged our students to find their purpose and seek God in all we do.
At the heart of this celebration is not necessarily a list of scholarships, college acceptance letters, and job opportunities, though there are plenty. The most meaningful piece of this event was simply the culmination of lives shared. We get to celebrate the wins as well as walk through the pain. When there are genuine relationships present, you can’t help but honor one another for the role they have played in each others lives. This party was an opportunity to do just that. Thank you to all who have poured into these lives over the years through your support and investment. You made this celebration possible.
Kierra, Ronnie, & Hailey: Bowling Green (Medical and Buisness Majors)
Adriana: Clark Atlanta University
Jaida: Kent State University (Psychology Major)
Terrany: Stark State
Rosie: Employed at Dueber After School Program with plans to become an Intervention Specialist