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Hope Academy Playground Project

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THE STORY:

Hope Academy is a K-8 Public School Academy located on Detroit's west side. From August of 1998 until February of 2012 we rented a building from Straight Gate Church. Our school was literally attached to the church and there was no land available for a playground. Our student's had to play in an empty parking lot.
In February of 2012, we were finally able to move into our own building. Our "new" building had previously been a middle school in the Detroit Public School System. The building needed many renovations to fit our needs and to bring it up to code.
Our school is located in one of Detroit's most dangerous zip codes. Many of our students are not allowed to play outside for this reason. School is the one place where our students can play freely without fear for their safety.
Our school is a "Title 1" school which means that 100% of our student population receive free lunch. We are a single school. We don't have a big district behind us. Hope Academy has an 87% retention rate with our students. This is unheard of in Detroit. Our students keep coming back because we make a difference in their lives and their family’s lives.
Our students want and deserve to have a playground. We have the space to build one but unfortunately we don't have the funds. Playing is a fundamental part of childhood. Children learn so much through play. I am sure if you think back to your own childhood you can remember recess time during your elementary years and how much fun you had playing with your friends. We want that for them also.
Please help our school build a playground for our students. A monetary donation from your organization would help bring us one step closer to making a playground a reality for our students. We would be forever grateful!

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